(Annie Black) – The Assembly passed a teachers’ union-inspired/anti-charter school bill (AB109) today.
I voted against it (naturally). But sadly, five Republicans voted with every Democrat for it, including three in caucus leadership positions…
- Assemblywoman Jill Tolles (GOP Caucus Co-assistant Leader)
- Assemblyman Tom Roberts (GOP Caucus Co-assistant Leader)
- Assemblywoman Lisa Krasner (GOP Caucus Assistant Whip)
- Assemblywoman Melissa Hardy
- Assemblywoman Alexis Hansen
Here’s my prepared statement in opposition (you can click here to watch it on video)…
Mr. Speaker, I rise in opposition to Assembly Bill 109. As originally introduced, the bill was horrible. As amended, it is merely terrible.
The purpose of this bill is to help the teachers’ unions, not help our kids. It seeks to hamstring public charter schools by restricting who they may hire as classroom teachers.
Such bureaucratic interference in school management is one of the reasons our traditional public schools perform so badly and why so many parents choose the innovative charter school option in the first place.
And “choose” is the important word here.
No one is forcing parents to put their kids in charter schools. Parents who choose charter schools for their children are fully aware that their operation is very different from our traditional, union-run public schools. And the inconvenient truth is, there’s a waiting list to get into a number of them.
Instead of trying to force charter schools to operate more like so many of our failing traditional public schools, we should be trying to force our failing traditional public schools to operate more like charter schools.
And make no mistake. Simply pumping more money into our failing traditional public schools is not the answer. If a car has a blown engine, giving it an expensive new paint job isn’t going to fix the problem.
Charter schools work. And when something works, don’t fix it. I urge my colleagues to oppose this bill and instead focus on REAL institutional changes to our traditional public schools rather than simply throwing more good money after bad.
Thank you, Mr. Speaker.
I’m at a loss to explain why any Republican would vote to make it harder for charter schools to hire teachers, especially in the midst of the ongoing teacher shortage.
Or why Minority Leader Titus insists on keeping such liberal Republicans in leadership positions.
But the link for contact information is included at the bottom of this AnnieGram in case any of you in Annie’s Army (including my “orphans”!) want to reach out to them directly.
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Annie Black is the Nevada State Assemblywoman representing District 19. You can get more information and subscribe to her AnnieGram newsletter by visiting www.AnnieBlack.net