Senate Bill 453 protects the safety of students and teachers in the classroom and ensures that students who need assistance get the help they need before returning to the classroom. The bill passed by a 124-25 vote in the House on Tuesday and unanimously in the Senate.
Click here to see how your legislator voted on the bill, which now goes to the governor for his signature.
A measure prohibiting making cuts to next year's school funding is now part of the budget that just passed.
A shiny apple to the 124 state representatives who voted in favor of SB 453, protecting teachers from student assaults. Click here for the list of supporters.
Legislators worked up to the end of the session before reaching a budget agreement. The sticking point: Attacks on collective bargaining. CEA members and staff were able to help defeat efforts to take away rights to bargain for wages, benefits, and working conditions.
The budget bill created some big wins:
Unfortunately, despite our best efforts, lawmakers were unable to compromise on repealing the 1% payroll tax on teachers.
CEA helped improve and pass this important bill, including defeating an attempt to add disastrous language that would have worsened teacher evaluation and weakened professional standards. The bill maintains high teacher standards and includes innovative policy recommendations to put more minority teachers in the classroom.
A rotten apple to the legislators who continue to attack collective bargaining and teacher retirement.