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Bee's Editorializing Misses Again: Teachers Back Bills to Protect Students and Improve Testing

For the second time in a week, the Sacramento Bee has misreported facts on a key educational issue.

Bee political pundit Dan Walters – like the Bee’s editorial writers a few days ago – has wrongly asserted that a measure – in this case, two measures, AB 375 and AB 484 that CTA supports are not in children’s best interest.

In fact, CTA is backing AB 375, a measure by Assembly Education Chair Joan Buchanan (D-Alamo), because it will protect children and safeguard the profession by speeding up disciplinary action against certificated personnel – including teachers. The bill is awaiting the governor’s signature.

AB 375 – coupled with AB 449, a CTA-cosponsored bill by Assembly Member Al Muratsuchi (D-Torrance) that the governor has already signed – will go far in ensuring that persons who pose a threat to students will be removed from the classroom and barred from working in any school in the state. AB 449 makes superintendents who fail to report employee misconduct to the state licensing agency liable for criminal and civil penalties. 

CTA is also backing AB 484, a measure by Assembly Member Susan Bonilla (D-Concord) that has also been signed by the governor.  The measure eliminates the outdated and obsolete STAR tests and replaces them with computer-based student testing that is aligned with the new Common Core State Standards.

Mr. Walters clearly does not know teachers: no one is more interested in protecting students than the dedicated professionals who teach them.

Send him a Letter to the Editor to respond to his wrong assertions.

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