ASSEMBLYWOMAN YOUNG KIM
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: August 22, 2016
CONTACT: Bryan Shroyer, (916) 319-2065
Kim Denounces Teachers’ Union President’s Push to Create “State Crisis” in Education
SACRAMENTO – Assemblywoman Young Kim (R-Fullerton) today denounced recent comments made by United Teachers Los Angeles (UTLA) President Alex Caputo-Pearl that the teachers’ union needs to create a state crisis in 2018.
“No student should see their education held hostage by political motives,” said Kim. “It is disgraceful that the teachers’ union wants to ‘shock the system’ of public education and harm our children’s future.”
In his speech at the 2016 UTLA Leadership Conference, President Caputo-Pearl told his union members, “the next year-and-a-half must be founded upon building our capacity to strike, and our capacity to create a state crisis, in early 2018.”
“The real crisis is that even after Vergara v. California, no changes have been made to ensure that children at California’s failing schools will receive the education they need to succeed in today’s economy,” said Kim. “These political games especially deprive underserved populations, like low-income or minority students, of the high-quality education they are entitled to. This is unacceptable. As a member of the Assembly Education Committee and an advocate for school reform, I will continue to fight to put the welfare of our students ahead of crass political motives.”
Assemblywoman Young Kim, R-Fullerton, represents the 65th Assembly District, which includes the communities of Anaheim, Buena Park, Cypress, Fullerton, La Palma, and Stanton.