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.
Alliance College-Ready Public Schools
California Business Roundtable
California Charter Schools Association
The Education Trust-West
Educators for Excellence – Los Angeles
Families In Schools
Future Is Now
GO Public Schools
Para Los Niños
Partnership for Los Angeles Schools
Teach For America
The New Teacher Project
United Way of Greater Los Angeles