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August/September 2023

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Co-Sponsored Bills AB 5 (Zbur): Requires every public school serving grades 7 to 12 to use the California Department of Education's online training delivery platform and curriculum, or an in-service alternative, to support LGBTQ+ cultural competency training for at least one hour annually to all certificated employees on paid time, beginning in the 2025-26 school year. Status: Passed by the Assembly. Re-referred to Senate Appropriations Committee. AB 260 (Santiago): Requires community colleges to provide parity in compensation for part-time faculty compared to full-time faculty and imposes a pay requirement upon the expiration or renewal of existing collective bargaining agreements. Status: Placed in the Assembly Appropriations Suspense File. May be acted upon in January 2024. AB 483 (Muratsuchi): Requires the Department of Health Care Services (DHCS) to establish a revised audit process for Medi-Cal claims; requires DHCS to provide technical assistance to local education agencies regarding claims; prohibits an auditor 's determination from superseding the standards of practice of the practitioner, among other Medi- Cal auditing and claim changes. Status: Awaiting hearing by the Senate Health Committee AB 535 (Irwin): Requires the superintendent of public instruction to select an applicant county office of education to serve as a Statewide School Library Lead to work collaboratively with the California Collaborative for Educational Excellence and to establish library and literacy services supporting the statewide system of support. Status: Referred to the Senate Appropriation Committee Suspense File. AB 897 (McCarty): Allows adult education teachers to obtain permanent status and sets parameters by which such educators will be deemed to have served a full school year. Status: Referred to Senate Appropriations Committee Suspense File. AB 934 (Muratsuchi): Requires the Commission on Teacher Credentialing to contract with a public relations organization to develop a public awareness campaign that highlights the value and benefits of educational careers in California's public schools, spanning from prekindergarten and kindergarten to elementary and secondary schools serving pupils in any of grades 1 to 12. Status: Referred to Senate Appropriations Committee Suspense File. Priority Bills AB 370 (Addis): This CTA-supported bill adds to the criteria for students to be eligible for the State Seal of Biliteracy by requiring students to both demonstrate proficiency in English by meeting one of four specified requirements and demonstrate proficiency in one or more languages other than English by meeting one of two specified requirements. Status: Awaiting third reading in state Senate. AB 393 (Rivas, Luz): CTA-supported AB 393 adds to the Early Education Act, which requires the provision of an inclusive and cost-effective preschool program; the development of procedures to identify and report data on dual language learners enrolled in a childcare and development program; and the development of directives and regulations to implement these provisions. Status: Referred to Senate Education Committee's consent calendar. AB 504 (Reyes): Establishes that it must not be unlawful or a cause for discipline against a public employee for the employee to refuse to enter the property that is the site of a primary labor dispute, perform work for an employer involved in a primary labor dispute, or go through or work behind any primary picket line. CTA-supported AB 504 also prohibits a public employer from directing public employees to cross a picket line and authorizes a recognized employee organization to inform employees of these rights and encourage them to exercise these rights. Status: Re-referred to the Senate Appropriations Committee. C T A I S C U R R E N T L Y T R A C K I N G priority bills in the state Legislature, including sponsored legislation. Here is an update: Update on CTA Priority Legislation By Julian Peeples 41 A U G U S T / S E P T E M B E R 2 0 2 3 Advocacy L E G I S L A T I V E U P D A T E

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