06.23.10: Action Alert
By David Walrath
Federal Spending to Protect Education Jobs
The House of Representatives still is trying to add up to $23 billion to the federal spending bills for K-12 education. California will receive about 12% of any new funds added to protect education jobs. Please go to http://www.congressweb.com/cweb2/index.cfm/siteid/AASA to send an e-mail to your Representatives to support funding to protect education jobs.
Senate Bill 1425 – Elimination the “Class of One” for Negotiations
Currently, superintendents are a class of one for school district salary and benefit negotiations with the school board. SB 1425 would prohibit school districts from having any negotiation class of fewer than two. For small school districts with only one certificated administrator the bill simply does not work. SSDA is fighting this provision for school districts with fewer than 2,500 average daily attendance.
Please contact your State Assembly Member and State Senator (http://www.leginfo.ca.gov/yourleg.html) explaining why a class of one for small school districts is necessary. SSDA is arguing that the management team (school trustees and superintendent) would be hurt if the school board could not rely on the superintendent to represent them in collective bargaining, as well as review and recommendations affecting other administrative staff, if any.
SSDA raised these concerns today at the Assembly Public Employees Retirement and Social Security Committee but because of other provisions in the bill the Committee passed SB 1425 on a bipartisan 6-0 vote.
SSDA will continue to work to protect small school districts from these provisions.