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Improving the Effectiveness of California’s Teaching Force

On Wednesday, The Sacramento Bee published an opinion piece by Steve Westly that outlined suggestions for improving the effectiveness of California’s teaching force. In particular, Westly suggests expanding alternative certification programs, improving outreach to college graduates, and utilizing funding and other incentives to attract STEM teachers, particularly in low-income communities.  Westly also […continue]

Los Angeles Daily News Editorial Board Decries Efforts to Kill AB 1220

Yesterday, the Los Angeles Daily News Editorial Board decried the CTA’s so-far unsuccessful efforts to kill the Teacher and Student Success Act (AB 1220), a bill authored by Assemblymember Shirley Weber (D-San Diego) at the urging of teacher organizations Teach Plus and Educators for Excellence. Assemblymember Weber decided to hold AB 1220 in the Senate Education Committee, […continue]

Sacramento Bee: Supreme Court Should Hear Vergara Appeal After AB 934

On Wednesday, the California Senate Education Committee rejected Assemblymember Susan Bonilla’s AB 934 in a 5-2 bipartisan vote, with two committee members not voting. The bill was originally introduced to address the state’s broken teacher employment laws at issue in the Vergara appeal, but would have failed to do so after amendments […continue]