School support staff must back charter under bill

August 30, 2013 • Business

Assemblyman Steven Bradford, D-Gardena, listens to the debate over his bill that would make it harder for parents and others to convert public schools to charters by requiring them to get the consent of lower-level unionized school employees, at the Capitol in Sacramento, Calif., Friday, Aug. 30, 2013. By a 52-24 vote the Assembly approved Bradford’s bill, AB917 and sent it to the governor(AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Legislation that cleared the state Assembly on Friday could make it harder to create charter schools in California by requiring supporters to seek consent from at least some lower-level unionized school employees.

Under AB917, at least 50 percent of teachers and support staff, such as cafeteria workers or custodians, would need to back any effort to convert a public school to a charter or start a new one.

The bill’s author, Assemblyman Steven Bradford, D-Gardena, said it would allow “employees Login to read more

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