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June 2, 2015
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THIS WEEK
State Budget Must be Adopted by June 15
Disagreement among lawmakers over child care in Prop. 98
As we said last month, the governor's May Revision is very good for schools and we continue to support his proposal. Schools are getting the bulk of the revenues to restore funding cuts shouldered during the toughest recession years. The money going to Prop. 98 is funding that is owed to our schools and students, mandated by law, and helps keep us on the road to recovery.
 
Unfortunately, there is disagreement in the legislature on how to fund child care.
 
The governor and the legislature removed child care funding from the education budget or the Prop. 98 side of the state budget in 2011. The Education Coalition and the entire education community supported that action. The governor continued this practice in his May Revision proposal and the Assembly Budget Committee did the same. However, the Senate voted to put child care back into Prop. 98. Child care is a mixture of programs including licensed exempt providers, private child care providers, and licensed center care.  
 
CTA supports and is advocating for more funding for child care, but the Senate Budget plan essentially takes money from one child to give it to another. That’s not the right solution. The Senate Budget recommendation puts a nearly $1 billion burden for child care back into Prop. 98, meaning less money for schools and colleges. If child care is put back into Prop. 98, the expense of child care in future years could limit our ability to restore K-14 programs such as lower class sizes and hiring much-needed counselors, nurses, librarians and faculty for our students, schools and colleges.  
 
We need to send a strong message to lawmakers that, like the governor, they too must keep the promise to California's students.
 
Call your legislators at 1-866-553-8040 today through June 15th.
Simply dial 1-866-553-8040 and you will be connected to your Assembly member. Make a second call to speak with your state senator. Urge them to keep the promise to California's students and make sure all Prop. 98 funding stays in Prop. 98. Use these talking points when you make your calls. 

IMPORTANT LEGISLATION
Aside from dealing with the state budget, lawmakers have been busy considering hundreds of bills which CTA supports, opposes, is monitoring or has no position. The following bills passed out of the Assembly and Senate Appropriations Committees May 28: 
 
CTA-supported AB 141 by Assembly Member Susan Bonilla (D-Concord) requires school districts to provide beginning teachers with a CTC-approved induction program at no cost to the teacher. Teacher quality starts with adequately preparing and supporting beginning teachers with a quality induction and mentor program. The bill will also require school districts receiving federal Title II (a) funding to provide induction programs to new teachers holding a preliminary credential at no cost. 
 
CTA-backed SB 62 by Senator Fran Pavley (D-Agoura Hills) makes changes to student financial aid laws by reviving and amending the Assumption Program of Loans for Education (APLE) and the Governor’s Teaching Fellowships (GTF) Program. APLE applicants will be required to teach in declared shortage areas at qualifying schools and requires the GTF to refocus the four-year competitive grant program to address teacher shortages in Title I schools. Amendments adopted will cap the number of loan assumption agreements and eliminate the GTF Program provisions.  
 
CTA-supported AB 101 by Assembly Member Luis Alejo (D-Salinas) requires the development of a model curriculum in ethnic studies aligned to the A-G requirements in the University of California, establishes an advisory committee comprised of a majority of educators in this field, and mandates all school districts to provide ethnic studies as an elective for grades 7-12. 
 
CTA-supported AB 146 by Assembly Member Cristina Garcia (D-Bell Gardens) requires the State Board of Education, in the next revision of the History-Social Science framework after January 1, 2016, to consider including evaluation criteria and appropriate instructional materials on the deportation to Mexico of citizens and lawful permanent residents of the United States, during the Great Depression; and encourages incorporation of this topic into curriculum resources and state and local professional development activities.

CTA-co-sponsored AB 1010 by Assembly Member Jose Medina (D-Riverside) creates minimum standards for part-time faculty members within the community college system. These would be agreed upon through negotiations and include evaluation procedures, workload distribution and experience-based rights. 
 
CTA-co-sponsored AB 713 by Assembly Member Shirley Weber (D-San Diego) seeks to make kindergarten mandatory for all students. Under this year's version of the bill, parents would be able to opt out after the first 30 days of class.  
 
CTA-co-sponsored AB 787 by Assembly Member Roger Hernandez (D-West Covina) prohibits a charter school from operating as (or being operated by) a for-profit corporation.  
 
CTA-co-sponsored SB 322 by Senator Mark Leno (D-San Francisco) ensures student access and student due process at charter schools. Both these bills are part of a CTA package of charter school legislation aimed at increasing charter school accountability and transparency, and ensure unbiased access to all students.
 
Another bill that must be voted on this week is CTA-co-sponsored AB 709 by Assembly Member Mike Gipson (D-Carson), which requires charter schools to comply with the Brown Act, Public Records Act and the Political Reform Act. This bill is currently on the Assembly Floor and was not required to go to the Assembly Appropriations committee because it does not represent a significant cost to the state. 
 
June 5 is the last day to pass bills out of house of origin.

TWO-YEAR BILLS
The following bills were not reconsidered, but are now two-year bills and can be considered again in 2016:

CTA-supported AB 753 by Assembly Member Jose Medina (D-Riverside) provides permanent status to certificated employees who work in school districts that serve less than 250 ADA, county offices of education that serve less than 250 ADA, and county offices of education but not in classroom assignments, i.e. nurses, counselors, etc.
 
CTA co-sponsored SB 329 by Senator Tony Mendoza (D-Artesia) is part of our charter school package and requires competitive bidding, protects neighborhood schools by requiring an impact report when considering new charter school petitions and defines capacity of an authorizer to conduct effective oversight.
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