Union moves priorities in 2018 legislative session

Each year our members recommend legislation that will address important issues to educators and the students we serve. Based upon these recommendations and Executive Council approval, the CFT is sponsoring several new bills and a budget proposal aimed at improving our working conditions, and strengthening the labor movement and public education.

SPONSORED BILLS

K-12 SCHOOLS
Prohibits for-profit operation of charter schools
AB 406 (McCarty, D-Sacramento) prohibits a petitioner that submits a charter petition for the establishment of a charter school, or a charter school that submits a charter renewal or material revision application, from operating as, or being operated by, a for-profit corporation, a for-profit educational management organization, or a for-profit charter management organization.

Prohibits fees for beginning teacher induction programs
AB 410 (Cervantes, D-Riverside) prohibits a school district, county office of education, or charter school from charging a fee to a beginning teacher to participate in a beginning teacher induction program that is approved by the Commission on Teacher Credentialing and the Superintendent of Public Instruction.

Changes to Local Control Funding Formula
AB 2808 (Muratsuchi, D-Torrance) relates to the public school financing system. Deletes the provision specifying the amount of the base grant in the 2013-14 fiscal year and would instead specify new, higher amounts for the 2018-19 fiscal year, which would also increase the supplemental and concentration grant amounts and result in various other changes to funding calculations for purposes of the Local Control Funding Formula.

Tax relief for cost of new teacher induction 
SB 1214 (Portantino, D-La Cañada Flintridge) allows K-12 teachers with preliminary credentials to claim, for each taxable year beginning on or after January 1, 2019, and before January 1, 2024, a $2,500 above-the-line tax deduction on their personal state income taxes for fees incurred toward the completion of an induction program approved by the Commission on Teacher Credentialing. This bill would also require the Legislature to review the deduction before January 1, 2024. SB 1214 would take effect upon an appropriation of the legislature as a tax levy.

COMMUNITY COLLEGE
Provides part-time faculty differential pay for parental leave
AB 2012 (Medina, D-Riverside) requires, regardless of the type of differential pay system used by the school district or community college district, a person employed in an academic institution to receive no less than 50% of his or her regular salary for the remaining portion of the 12-work week period of parental leave.

ALL-UNION
International Workers’ Day
AB 3042 (Santiago, D-Los Angeles) designates May 1 as a school holiday known as International Workers’ Day and would require public schools and educational institutions, on the day that schools are in session prior to the day on which schools are closed for that purpose, to hold exercises, funded through existing resources, commemorating and directing attention to the history of the labor movement in the United States. In addition, AB 3042 would combine the currently observed “Lincoln Day” and “Washington Day” into “Presidents’ Day” to be observed on the third Monday in February.

CO-SPONSORED LEGISLATION
School employee housing to benefit retention and recruitment
AB 2788 (Thurmond, D-Richmond) expresses the intent of the Legislature to enact legislation that would help close the achievement gap by providing a school employee housing tool to school districts that addresses California’s current crisis of low recruitment and retention of school employees.

Limits on charter school petitions
SB 1362 (Beall, D-San Jose) prohibits the governing board of a school district from denying a petition unless, the governing board of the district makes a finding that the petition does not contain a reasonably comprehensive description of the means by which the charter school will achieve a racial and ethnic balance among its pupils, and a balance of pupils receiving special education services.

STATE BUDGET REQUEST
Labor in the Schools: This budget proposal would seek to secure one-time funding to support release-time for one teacher in several school districts to develop curriculum and provide professional development to educators in order for them to teach the history of the labor movement and the role immigration played in the creation of the labor movement.

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