In April, I reported to you that the Education Committee in the State Legislature had just passed a bill through their committee to allow school districts greater flexibility when laying off teachers and to take into consideration subject need and ability. In addition, the bill would increase the number of years it takes for a teacher to obtain tenure.
Senator Mark DeSaulnier, the senator from our district, met with the California Teacher’s Association, one of the most powerful teacher’s unions in the country, and decided to oppose this bill. Senator DeSaulnier chairs the labor committee and if the bill goes to his committee we should be concerned that it will go no further. Senator DeSaulnier is holding office hours on July 17th in Clayton from noon to 3:00pm. Anyone who is interested in this bill, SB955, should plan to attend the meeting and speak to the Senator.