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Educators Battle Bill That Would Harm Students and Gain Approval of Measure Expanding Parental Leave

Sen. Bob Huff (R-Diamond Bar) meets with a team of educators, including Maria Elena Cabellero and Deb Behm, on issues including parental leave during a member lobby day in the state Capitol. (Photo by Seth Bramble.)

Three teams of educators, including education support professions, K-14 teachers, and higher education faculty, worked closely with lawmakers early this week on a range of key education issues. Much of their focus was on three measures –a CTA-cosponsored bill that would expand parental leave programs to cover education support personnel, a second CTA-cosponsored measure that would help provide fair treatment for part-time community college faculty, and a bad one that would undermine student learning.

The educators brought their expertise gained in the classroom and as members of several key State Council of Education policy committees, including Professional Rights and Responsibilities and Negotiations.

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Assembly Member Bonilla Highlights Anniversary of Anti-discrimination Law

On the eve of the opening ceremonies of the Winter Olympics, Assembly Member Susan Bonilla (D-Concord) helped celebrate the Feb. 5 commemoration of National Girls and Women in Sports Day and the 42nd anniversary of Title IX.

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No More Tears: AB 484 Paves Way to High tech Assessments and Stops Second grade Testing

During testimony on CTA-backed legislation to stop damaging testing of second graders, lawmakers themselves told stories of their own youngsters’ trauma at facing exams at too young an age.

CTA-backed AB 484, a measure by Assembly Member Susan Bonilla (D-Concord), has given California the space it needs to implement effective and high-tech student assessments that are tied to the ambitious Common Core State Standards. 

AB 484 suspends the use of California’s antiquated and out-of-synch student testing – including the Standardized Testing and Reporting (STAR) exams.

Also of high importance, the bill stops the testing of California second-graders, something not required by federal statute that has proven to do more harm than good to the youngsters.

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Supt Torlakson and CTA Hail Bill Bringing Assessments in Line with Standards

Supt. of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson and CTA are commending the legislature for passing and the governor for signing today AB 484, a measure that will overhaul student assessments to align them with the Common Core State Standards.

CTA worked hard to help move AB 484, by Assemblymember Susan Bonilla (D-Concord), through the legislature and to the governor’s desk because testing students on material they have never been taught makes no sense. Neither does forcing students to take two standardized tests in the same year. AB 484 will eliminate outdated tests, ensures accountability and allows students and educators to be better prepared for the new computer-based assessments under the Common Core State Standards.

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Capitol News: Assembly Panel Approves CTA-Backed Bill to Align Student Assessments with Common Core Standards

The Assembly Education Committee has approved AB 484 by Assembly Member Susan Bonilla (D-Concord), which seeks to bring student assessments in line width the new Common Core standards.

The CTA-approved bill suspends other testing not required for the Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) report, the federally required measurement of students' progress. The bill substitutes for the current Standardized Testing and Reporting (STAR) program a newly established California Measurement of Academic Performance and Progress for the 21stCentury (CalMAPP21).

CTA has concerns about how the remaining elements tied to AYP can be brought into sync width the Common Core and will be working width lawmakers and regulators on that issue.

CTA believes that the student assessment's primary function is to help teachers improve instruction by determining effective instructional strategies and appropriate learning experiences for students and to assist students and their parents in identifying each student's strengths and needs.

AB 484 now heads to the Assembly's Appropriations Committee.

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Capitol News: Assembly Panel Approves CTA-backed Bill to Align Student Assessments with Common Core Standards

The Assembly Education Committee has okayed  AB 484, a CTA-approved measure by Assembly Member Susan Bonilla (D-Concord) that seeks to bring student assessments in line width the new Common Core standards.

The bill suspends other testing not required for the Annual Yearly Progress (AYP) report, federally required measurement of students’ progress. The bill substitutes for the current Standardized Testing and Reporting (STAR) program a newly established California Measurement of Academic Performance and Progress for the 21st Century (CalMAPP21).

CTA does have concerns about how the remaining elements tied to AYP can be brought into synch width the common core and will be working width lawmakers and regulators on that issue.

The Association’s position on AB 484 reflects is conviction that student assessment’s primary function is to help teachers improve instruction by determining effective instructional strategies and appropriate learning experiences for students and by assisting students and their parents in identifying the student’s strength and needs.

AB 484 now heads to the Assembly’s Appropriations Committee.

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