(Mensaje se repite en Español)
Right up there with motherhood and apple pie is the notion of a vibrant and functional public education system, where everything is done to get and keep the best teachers. Nothing could be further from the easily verifiable truth of a public education environment that is and has been over the last 7 years openly hostile to teachers- and especially the more expensive high seniority teachers.
Senate Bill 807 The Recruitment and Retention Act of 2017 now proposed by Senators Henry Stern and Cathleen Galgiani as "a first step to support teachers in a meaningful way" seems to be living in an alternative universe with alternative facts that bear no resemblance to the present hostile teacher reality of public education that has been systematically targeting high seniority teachers at the top of the salary scale for the sole "crime" of being too expensive.
"SB 807 would recruit novice teachers to the profession by providing a tax credit for graduate school and credentialing exam costs. Plus, it [purports to] honor experienced teachers in the classroom for more than five years by eliminating their state income taxes from 2017-2027--the equivalent of a 4-6 percent raise."
The question that suspiciously goes unaddressed is why is there a chronic shortage of teachers in public education in the first place? In addressing this question one need only look at a school district like LAUSD or any one of the hundreds around the state and the country that have systematically targeted and gotten rid of the more expensive high seniority teachers for the sole "crime" of their being too expensive. This has caused these districts to hemorrhage thousands of teachers, creating the problem SB 807 now purports to deal with.
And if one was interested- or capable- of sequencing enough facts together, they would discover that the war on high seniority more expensive teachers coincides perfectly with the hemorrhaging of students to equally abysmal charter schools, along with there state funded Average Daily Attendance and other state and federal payments. This has put districts like LAUSD on the verge of bankruptcy. Their solution? Target and get rid of your best seasoned teachers to balance the budget, while continuing to collude with corporate charter operators- Betsy DeVos doesn't come from nowhere.
SB 807's proposing a tax credit for all money spent toward acquiring a credential or certificate or offering senior teachers with more than 5 years teaching experience exemption from state taxes is trying to treat the self-inflicted disease of public school privatization with charters, instead of addressing the underlying disease, which is charter schools that by every objective standard not only don't do better than traditional public schools, but more often than not do worse.
The politicians dealing with SB 807 in Sacramento don't seem to have a clue about this reality. If you would like to take a more participator role in our democracy, might I suggest you give them a call?
State Senator Cathleen Calgiani (916) 651-4005
State Senatior Henry Stern (916) 651-4027
Mike McGuire (Chair) (D-Healdsburg) - Phone: (916) 651-4002
Janet Nguyen (Vice Chair) (R-Garden Grove) - Phone: (916) 651-4034
Jim Beall (D-San Jose) - Phone: (916) 651-4015
Ed Hernandez (D-West Covina) - Phone: (916) 651-4022
Robert M. Hertzberg (D - Van Nuys) - Phone: (916) 651-4018
Ricardo Lara (D - Bell Gardens) - Phone: (916) 651-4033
John M. W. Moorlach (R - Costa Mesa) - Phone: (916) 651-4037
If you are in California, please join us in Sacramento at the State Capitol on April 5th at 9:30 AM to attend the CA State Senate Governance and Finance committee hearing on SB 807.
If you or someone you know has been targeted and are in the process of being dismissed and need legal defense, get in touch:
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