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.
The California Community College System hopes changing the name of a free tuition program will get more eligible students to take advantage of it.
The Sacramento area unemployment rate increased last month. July's jobless rate was 5.2 percent, up from 4.8 percent in June. Analysts with the state Employment Development Department attribute the increase to seasonal cutbacks at schools.
Some Folsom High School students are planning to launch a high-altitude, helium-filled balloon into the path of the solar eclipse next Monday. The balloon will have four cameras on it.
A new state law that kicked in last summer requires shots for public school children. Some families are still adjusting to the law.
UPDATE, July 12, 4:27 p.m.: A bill that would have allowed California school districts to add another year of probation to teachers before extending tenure will not become law this year.