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Assemblymember Hernández Joins Legislators to Propose Changes to Charter School Law

March 26, 2015

On March 25, Assemblymember Roger Hernández (D-West Covina) joined Senators Mark Leno (D-San Francisco), Tony Mendoza (D-Artesia), and Assemblymember Mike Gibson (D-Carson), along with educators and supporters representing the California Teachers Association, the California Federation of Teachers, the California Labor Federation, and educators from California charter schools at a news conference to unveil legislation aimed at increasing school accountability, transparency and ensure unbiased access to all students.

Last month, Hernández introduced Assembly Bill (AB) 787 that will protect California’s public school employees by ensuring their right to unionize and ensuring that California taxpayer dollars stay in the classroom.

“In order to ensure that students in charter schools receive the highest quality education, it is critical that the educators employed by them have the right to collectively bargain the issues that matter for student success,” said Joshua Pechthalt, President of the California Federation of Teachers. “Students in charter schools suffer when educators do not have a voice in determining their classroom and school work environments.”

AB 787 would establish charter schools as governmental entities, and their employees as public employees, in order to ensure that charter school educators continue to be covered by the Education Employment Relations Act (EERA). The purpose of the EERA is to promote the improvement of employer-employee relations within the public school systems in the State of California.

“The Education Employment Relations Act is crucial to the State of California because it provides a uniform basis for recognizing the right of public school employees to seek representation of their own choice. Whether employees are at a traditional school or charter school, in a physical classroom or online classroom, I am committed to their access to equal employment rights,” stated Hernández.

The California Teachers Association is a sponsor of AB 787. Educators from the California Virtual Academy (CAVA), who testified at the news conference, urged other legislators to support these bills.

Source:  Office of Assemblymember Roger Hernández