Teacher tenure bill defeated in committee
State lawmakers on Wednesday once again failed to amend teacher tenure laws, this time rejecting a bill that would have extended the probationary period from two to three years — even after the bill was stripped of its boldest language. The bill, AB 934, sponsored by Assemblywoman Susan Bonilla, D-Concord, was defeated 5-2, with two...
By Sarah Favot | June 29, 2016 6:11 pm
Supreme Court hears case that threatens finances of teacher unions
The U.S. Supreme Court heard arguments today in a case that could undermine the financial stability of teacher unions in California and 23 other states. The lawsuit, Friedrichs v. California Teachers Association, challenges the right of states to require public sector employees to pay compulsory dues to unions doing collective bargaining on their behalf. Even employees who...
By Craig Clough | January 11, 2016 2:40 pm
Union supporters weigh in with briefs in Vergara appeal
* UPDATED A group of education experts and organizations supporting the state’s two largest teacher unions’ appeal of the Vergara lawsuit have filed amici curiae, or “friend of the court” briefs with the California Court of Appeals while former California Governors Pete Wilson and Arnold Schwarzenegger weighed in with their own briefs opposing the unions....
By Craig Clough | September 17, 2015 10:48 am
LAUSD teacher elected as CTA secretary-treasurer
* UPDATED LA Unified elementary school teacher David Goldberg has been elected as secretary-treasurer of the California Teachers Association. Goldberg, 43, spent most of his 19 years at Murchison Elementary, where he is a bilingual teacher who is fluent in Spanish and American Sign Language. He was one of dozens of educators who spent a night in...
By Mike Szymanski | June 29, 2015 1:38 pm