While the state did pass Props 51, 55, 56 and 58, there is a lot of work to do at the state level. Here is a list of education-related state bills currently making their way through the legislature to specifically address the looming teacher shortage and a link to an article from California School Boards Association describing the history of education funding in our state:
(Pavley, D-Agoura Hills)
Assumption Program of Loans for Education
This bill was introduced last year and passed the Senate. The bill would reinstate and improve the Assumption Program of Loans for Education, or APLE program. In existing law, the program forgives up to $11,000 of college loan debt for a person who teaches for four consecutive years, with additional loan forgiveness for those teaching in specific subject areas and certain schools. CSBA supported the bill.
The loan assumption language was removed from the bill with the August 19 set of amendments. The bill now deals with the Public Utilities Commission.
(Liu, D- La Cañada Flintridge)
California Center on Teaching Careers
This bill would re-establish the state’s CalTeach program to help recruit individuals into the teaching profession. CSBA has taken a support position on the bill.
The program was re-established through the 2016-17 enacted State Budget. 2016-17
Funding: The budget allocated $5 million in one-time Proposition 98 funding for the program.
(Allen, D-Santa Monica)
California Teacher Corps Act of 2016
This bill would make grants available to individual and consortia of local educational agencies to help establish and maintain school-based teacher preparation residency programs. A prospective teacher would teach alongside an experienced mentor teacher while receiving teacher training in a credentialing program at an institution of higher education. The bill is supported by CSBA.
The bill was held on the Assembly Appropriations Committee suspense file.
(Leno, D-San Francisco)
Teacher Housing Act of 2016
This bill would authorize a school district to establish and implement programs that address the housing needs of teachers and school district employees who face challenges in securing affordable housing.
The bill was approved by the Legislature and has been sent to the Governor for his consideration.
Four-year Integrated Teacher Credential Programs
The intent of this bill is to incentivize the creation of teacher preparation programs where students earn a baccalaureate degree and a teaching credential concurrently within four years, including student teaching. The bill creates a grant program for one-time funding to postsecondary institutions. The program will be administrated by the Commission on Teacher Credentialing, with a total of 40, one-year grants available in the amount of $250,000 each.
The program was established through the 2016-17 enacted State Budget. 2016-17 Funding: The budget allocated one-time funding of $10 million from the General Fund.
School Employee Teacher Credentialing Program
The bill would require the CTC to issue a request for proposals to all school districts and county offices to seek funding for a new classified employee teaching credentialing program. The new program is designed to address shortages areas in kindergarten and grades 1 to 12, where the existing program focused only on K through 3rd grade. Applicants will receive grants up to $4,000 per participant, per year; up from $3,500 in the existing program. The author intends to provide grants for up to 1,000 new participants per year.
The program was established through the 2016-17 enacted State Budget. 2016-17 Funding: The budget included $20 million in one-time Proposition 98 funding for the program.