The fight to streamline the process school districts follow to fire teachers stretches back several years. But Democratic Senator Lou Correa is hoping his new proposed legislation will finally resolve the dispute that has pitted California teachers against school administrators.
Correa’s bill is similar to one Governor Jerry Brown vetoed last year, but makes several changes. For example, under the new bill, teachers would have to pay their own attorney’s fees, regardless of whether they are dismissed.
Correa said he’s not discouraged so many other efforts have failed.
“As a legislator this is a matter within the purview of the California Senate," Correa said. "And we are going to bring this bill forward, address it and bring it through the legislative committee so that all folks can look at it and make a decision.”
The bill is backed by the California School Boards Association. The California Teachers Association said it is still reviewing the bill and does not yet taken a position.
There's a raging debate over how California reports schools’ test scores to parents and the public. Advocates for struggling students say a "growth model" — measuring how students perform over time — is key to closing the achievement gap.
An alternative learning program based in craftwork just graduated its first class. The school is one of the few services available to adults with intellectual disabilities who are out of high school, but not ready for college or work.
After charter school supporters poured money into the California governor's race to support a longtime ally who failed to advance, the school choice movement may face uncertainty in a state with some of the most robust charter school laws in the U.S.
Attending a university in California can be a financial burden beyond the means of many college hopefuls. Rising tuition is compounded by the lack of affordable housing in the state and the high cost of living.
Several state lawmakers on Tuesday unveiled a plan to curb the University of California's power by limiting salaries and putting checks on the UC president's authority.