FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: May 1, 2014
CONTACT: Bill Bird @ 916-651-4029
Senate Democrats Sink Senator Huff’s Linked Learning Bill
Measure Sought to Protect Career Pathway Teachers from Layoffs
SACRAMENTO: 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 or even dismantle it. By protecting these teachers, schools will have the peace of mind knowing that their programs will remain stable and ensure students get the best education possible.
“I’m disappointed in this defeat because SB 1185 would have saved taxpayer dollars,” said Senator Huff. “Some of these teachers receive special training that can sometimes cost tens of thousands of dollars beyond normal professional training for Pathways programs. If that teacher is lost, schools have to recommit new dollars to train the next teacher. That’s time and money lost that should be used in the classroom.”
Senator Huff serves as the Senate Republican Leader and represents the 29th Senate District covering portions of Los Angeles, Orange and San Bernardino Counties. Follow Senator Huff on Twitter at @bobhuff99.