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Educators help pass two bills out of committee: AB 1478 to make charters transparent and accountable and AB 699 to prohibit discrimination of immigrant students

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Educators met with assembly members and staff this week to advocate a YES on AB 1478, which will ensure charter school governance is transparent and that monitoring and oversight of charter schools are conducted to protect public education and be in the best interest of our children. The bill was passed out of Assembly Education Committee on a party line 5-2 vote. 

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OMG I've Been Shot

I looked down at my right arm as blood oozed through my gray sweater. My arm was stinging and tears sprang to my eyes. This wasn’t supposed to happen to me. Other people, I figured, would be the targets. Why me?

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March 1 is Deadline for School Site Safety Plan Update, Supt. Torlakson Reminds Educators

Supt. of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson is reminding schools that each has until March 1 to review and update a “comprehensive school safety plan.”  The law requires the plan to cover items ranging from bullying prevention to disaster preparedness.

“School climate has a real and lasting effect on a student’s ability to learn,” Supt. Torlakson said. “Nothing is more important than our students’ safety, and preparation is one of the first and most important steps a school can take in creating a more positive school climate.”

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Assembly Education Panel Nixes Idea of Gun-toting Teachers

The Assembly Education Committee on Wednesday listened to CTA and its allies, who told them that arming teachers under the guise of making schools safer is a bad idea.

The panel gave only a single vote to CTA-opposed AB 202, by Assembly Member Tim Donnelly (R-Twin Peaks), a measure described by the author as putting a “marshal” plan into schools. Specifically, the measure would have provided for armed and trained teachers protecting schools.

CTA representatives and other bill opponents made it clear that bringing more guns into a school environment would not make schools safer.  Instead, CTA has been pressing for a wide ranging response that would include expanded counseling services on campus.

Technically, the “voting roll” was held open as this post was filed, but the measure is unlikely to garner more than the one vote showing in the “unofficial tally.” In fact, the bill received consideration only because a member of the panel provided a “courtesy” second so that the author could talk about the bill and panelists could vote on it.

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Capitol News: Teachers' Retirement System Votes to Divest Gun Stocks

The California State Teachers' Retirement System (CalSTRS) has voted to begin eliminating gun and ammunition manufacturers from its investment portfolio.

The Board vote followed the horrific shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newton, Connecticut, which claimed the lives of students and faculty.

While CalSTRS does not have a large investment in these kinds of companies, its board members believe eliminating these connections was an important action for a system that represents educators' retirement interests.

The CalSTRS's Board action is reported in-depth in CalSTRS to Divest in Gunmakers.


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