vote no on ab 221

Don't increase substitutes and class sizes in California's highest need schools

  • AB 221 contradicts the Governor's 2020-21 budget and $900 million investment in teacher recruitment and retention strategies.

  • AB 221 is inconsistent with California's need to recruit and retain a diverse teacher workforce.

According to data from the Commission on Teacher Credentialing (CTC). Every schoolday, 250,000 students do not have a regular teacher in California. Students are being supervised by emergency waiver adults as permanent substitutes with fingerprint checks but have no training in the subject matter being taught. These students are clearly not receiving an equitable opportunity to learn.

 

AB 221 would make it harder and more costly for districts to interview, hire and retain teachers. AB 221 will force school districts and counties to bring all recruitment and training in-house, hire more emergency permit waiver teachers more often, re-open collective bargaining agreements to force reassignments of existing teachers with more seniority to teach in high poverty schools, and increase class sizes.

 

The Learning Policy Institute (LPI) indicates the teacher shortage continues to increase in urban and rural districts, with 80 percent experiencing a shortage, and 90 percent reporting the shortage as bad or worse. A Getting Down to Facts II report found shortages are most severe in math, science, special education, and bilingual education, and more severe in high poverty schools.

 

AB 221 is bad for kids, bad for teachers and districts, and bad for California.

 

We strongly urge you to VOTE NO on AB 221 when it comes before you on the floor.

 

Respectfully,

 

Alliance College-Ready Public Schools

California Business Roundtable

California Charter Schools Association

Children Now

The Education Trust-West

Educators for Excellence – Los Angeles

EdVoice

Families In Schools

Future Is Now

GO Public Schools

La Comadre

Parent Revolution

Para Los Niños

Partnership for Los Angeles Schools

Speak UP

Teach For America

Teach Plus

The New Teacher Project

United Way of Greater Los Angeles