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.
A few school police departments in California have acquired military armored vehicles, rifles and grenade launchers. That's spawned a new bill in the state Legislature. The bill faces its first committee vote Wednesday.
California schools can start administering the state’s new standardized tests to students. The new math and English language tests use computers and open-ended critical thinking questions – rather than the old “Scantron” bubble multiple-choice tests.
Thousands of juvenile salmon are now swimming down the Sacramento River. They're twice as big as other salmon hatched at the same time after spending the last month hanging out in a Yolo County rice field.
A shortage of teachers in Washoe County has forced the school district to fill vacant positions with more substitute teachers. That is reducing the pool of available substitutes for short-term assignments.
University of California students are getting at least a temporary reprieve from tuition increases scheduled to take effect in the coming academic year.