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How Assemblymember Shirley Weber Became an Education Advocate

Yesterday, for the Los Angeles Times, George Skelton shared the story of how Assemblymember Shirley Weber (D-San Diego) — who moved from Arkansas to Los Angeles at the age of 3 because a lynch mob was chasing her father — became an education advocate. Her father, whose schooling ended after sixth grade, […continue]

The Sacramento Bee Editorial Board Endorses AB 1220

On Monday, the Sacramento Bee Editorial Board endorsed California Assemblymember Shirley Weber’s (D-San Diego) Teacher and Student Success Act (AB 1220), which is also sponsored by two teacher organizations, Educators for Excellence and Teach Plus. AB 1220 passed through the Assembly Education Committee last Wednesday in a bipartisan vote of 4-2. The legislation would lengthen the probationary […continue]

AB 1220 Will Give California Public School Teachers More Time for Tenure

On Thursday, for the Times of San Diego, Chris Jennewein reported on AB 1220, a bill designed to give California’s public school teachers additional time to earn tenure scheduled to be considered in committee later this month. Introduced by Assemblymember Shirley Weber of San Diego with the support of Teach […continue]

AB 1220: The Teacher and Student Success Act

On Wednesday, The 74’s Sarah Favot covered the introduction of the Teacher and Student Success Act (AB 1220), a California bill introduced by Assemblymember Shirley Weber (D-San Diego) with the support of Teach Plus and Educators for Excellence. The legislation would extend the probationary period for awarding teacher tenure from two to three years and […continue]

Will California Legislature Act on Vergara?

Today, on the three-year anniversary of the first day of the Vergara v. California trial, student plaintiff Daniella Martinez urges the legislature to take action on the issues raised by the case to ensure that all students have access to the great teachers they deserve. This push for the California Legislature […continue]

Teacher Tenure Laws Should Be Addressed by Legislature, CA Supreme Court Chief Justice Says

On Wednesday, the San Francisco Chronicle’s Bob Egelko reported on California Supreme Court Chief Justice Tani Cantil-Sakauye’s remarks on California’s current teacher tenure laws, noting that the issues with the law should be addressed by lawmakers. In a 4-3 decision last August, the California Supreme Court denied review of Vergara v. California, a case that challenged the state’s […continue]

Dr. Thomas Kane: In Vergara, Low-Income Students Pay

Today, in a piece for the Brookings Institute, Dr. Thomas Kane, a professor at the Harvard Graduate School of Education and expert witness in Vergara v. California, reviews — and offers his critique of — the recent California Court of Appeal’s flawed decision in Vergara. Kane begins by pointing out […continue]

Evidence Matters

Students Matter. And so does the evidence. Thursday marked an important milestone in the Vergara case: three justices of the California Court of Appeal heard oral argument in the appeal of the groundbreaking case (in case you missed it, check out the unedited audio here). During oral argument, counsel for […continue]