Democrats who control the Senate Education Committee have defeated a proposal from Senate Republican Leader Bob Huff (R-Diamond Bar) that sought to bring more employment stability to public schools that offer Linked Learning Programs. SB 1185 would have allowed these districts to protect specially trained Career Pathways teachers from layoffs or “bumping” due to reassignments. Under current California law, layoffs and reassignments for teachers in public schools are governed by the “last in, first out” (LIFO) policy.
“I’m disappointed that my colleagues on this committee think union rules are more important than educating children,” said Senator Huff. “The state has devoted $250 million for a competitive grant for Linked Learning. This bill would have made sure that those dollars are spent in a way that works for students and teachers.”
Senator Huff argued that Career Pathway programs are unique because teachers work across areas of study with other teachers, often using project based learning. So when layoffs or reassignments are made, even losing just one Linked Learning teacher can disrupt a program …read more
Source: State Senator Bob Huff