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Assembly Committee Approves Bill Extending Number of Days a Substitute Teacher May Serve in Special Education Classroom

April 18, 2016

The Assembly Education Committee has approved the ACSA-sponsored bill AB 2336, which will extend the number of days a substitute teacher may serve in a special education classroom.

“Special education students have been greatly harmed by California’s teacher shortage,” said Assemblymember Kristin Olsen (R-Riverbank), the author of AB 2336. “This bill will provide more consistency for some of our most vulnerable students by slowing down the rotation of substitute teachers.”

If passed by both houses and signed by Gov. Jerry Brown, AB 2336 would increase the number of days that a special education substitute teacher is able to serve in one classroom to 40. Current law restricts the number of days to 20. The bill specifies that a substitute teacher must be given six hours of training prior to the service extension and be provided with ongoing support by a fully credentialed teacher.

“This bill not only provides a stable learning environment to special education students, but also to the substitute teachers who step up to support them while full-time teachers are away from the classroom,” said Sal Villasenor, Association of California School Administrators (ACSA) Governmental Relations advocate. “We are grateful to Assembly member Olsen for championing this important issue and to the committee for providing this opportunity to move the conversation forward.”

ACSA members David Reilly, Human Resources Director for Elk Grove Unified School District and Maureen Burness, retired Special Education Administrator, testified at the hearing.

AB 2336 passed 6-0 in committee on April 6 and will head to the Assembly floor for a vote by elected leaders.

Source:  Association of California School Administrators

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