A late night session in the House (adjourned at 3:20a) saw two education bills head to the State Senate for consideration.
A-F Rating System
The A-F bill (HB 5526) passed by a narrow margin. Thanks to the lobbying outreach by educators (including more than 100 who attended last night’s vigil and lobbied representatives), the provision was removed that created a new commission (unaccountable to the new governor and state board) to oversee the A-F system and accountability measures associated with it. While this is still a bad bill, the power grab that was part of this legislation is gone. Read more about the A-F bill and the vigil.
Immediately after A-F passed, the MEA-supported bipartisan evaluation bill (HB 5707 – keeping the percentage of growth data in evaluations at 25% instead of this year’s scheduled increase to 40%) also passed. Read more.
Both bills now head to the Senate for their consideration. Contact your senator and urge them to oppose more emphasis on testing by voting YES on HB 5707 and NO on HB 5526.
House done for week – Senate in session on Thursday
Speaking of the Senate, while the House is done for the week, the Senate is in session on Thursday. Unless additional session days are added after next week, Thursday is the last day they can move the union recertification bill (SB 1260) in order for it to be considered by the House next week. There are rumors flying around about amendments being pushed to secure needed votes, so please contact Senators today to urge a NO vote on SB 1260 – our Action Network page with more information is at https://actionnetwork.org/letters/stop-the-latest-attack-on-working-families-and-unions-sb-1260/.