Support Legislation to Streamline Teacher Dismissal Process to Keep Students Safe

Call and Email Members of the Senate Education Committee in Support of AB 215

Lawmakers in Sacramento need to hear from you on AB 215 by Assembly Member Joan Buchanan and principal co-authors Senator Lou Correa and Senator Alex Padilla. CTA-supported AB 215 seeks to protect students, streamline the teacher dismissal process, safeguard the integrity of the profession, and protect our due process rights. CTA has always supported changes to the dismissal process that protect students and are fair to educators. That is why CTA worked with education stakeholders, lawmakers and the governor’s office on this measure. It is extremely important for lawmakers to hear from educators on AB 215!
AB 215 is scheduled for a hearing in the Senate Education Committee Weds., April 30, so they need to hear from you today! Your emails and calls to Senators serving on that committee are vital to helping gain the majority vote needed to move the bill.
Text the words CTA Action to 69866 to be connected directly to your senator on the education committee via your cell phone. (Standard text rates apply.)
Then follow up by clicking through to the CTA Legislative Action Center, where you can send a quick email to these senators whose vote on Wednesday will decide the bill’s fate.
Urge your Senator to vote YES because:
– AB 215 prioritizes, expedites and streamlines the dismissal process to keep students safe, while also safeguarding the integrity of the profession and protecting the due process rights of educators.
– AB 215 provides immediate protections for students by creating a separate hearing process for education employees who are charged with egregious misconduct such as sexual abuse, child abuse and specific drug crimes.
– AB 215 also establishes clear and timely procedures for dismissal in non-egregious misconduct cases. By expediting and streamlining the hearing process, districts will not be allowed to drag on investigations of educators who are falsely accused.
Here is more information about AB 215: talking pointsfact sheet, a comparison sheet of current law vs. AB 215 and a closer look at the two hearing processes.
Thanks for taking action on this very important piece of legislation!
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