SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Legislation heading to Gov. Jerry Brown could make it harder to create charter schools by requiring supporters to seek the consent of lower-level unionized employees.
The bill by Democratic state Assemblyman Steven Bradford of Gardena is sponsored by the Services Employees International Union. Under AB917, at least half of a school's teachers and support staff, such as cafeteria workers or custodians, would need to support any effort to convert a public school to a charter.
Bradford says it will give support staff a voice in a decision that could affect their employment, but opponents say it would be a roadblock to forming charter schools.
Brown vetoed a similar bill in 2011, saying it would complicate an already difficult petition process.
The Assembly approved the bill Friday on a 52-24 vote.
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