I wrote my last blog (not counting my "I hate Halloween" blog), on a mailer accusing Catharine Baker of opposing Proposition 2. I just received a mailer accusing Tim Sbranti of killing SB1530, which would have protected children from abusive teachers.
I don't like political hit pieces whether I support the candidate or not. So I wanted to find out what was really said and done before pinning the blame on the opposing candidate. I decided to research the footnoted articles in the San Francisco Chronicle. I had to join as a paid digital member of the Chronicle, which cost a little more than I will be paid for writing this blog, but I'm sure I will make use of my membership for future blogs.
SB1530 would have made it easier for School Districts to fire teachers accused of violence or sexual abuse. The anti-Sbranti flier quotes the San Francisco Chronicle calling the failure of SB1530, "sickening" and "a disservice to children."
I could not find articles matching the dates in the footnotes on the flier, but I found Op-Ed pieces with very similar quotes published within a few days of the quoted articles. Here's one from the Chronicle dated July 5, 2012.
Against our children's interest
"The influence of the California Teachers Association was rarely more apparent - or more sickening - than in the defeat ofSB1530. The union showed its willingness to defend an expensive and cumbersome process for firing bad teachers at almost any cost - even if that means school districts must continue to spend exorbitant sums of time and money to dismiss teachers in cases involving sex, drugs or violence with students."
Now in defense of the Union's position there were issues about SB1530 being too harsh. So another bill, AB375 was introduced by Assembly Woman Joan Buchanan in 2013. The Chronicle wrote, "Her bill, AB375, isn't as strong as SB1530 was, but it's at least a step in the right direction. AB375 curbs some of the status quo's worst problems. Like SB1530, it also rolls back the time restrictions for filing dismissal cases."
Buchanan made some concessions to win Teachers' Union Support. ". . . she shelved Padilla's idea about changing the composition of the deciding panel." So the Teacher's Union SUPPORTED AB375.
I looked up AB375 on the California Legislative Information Website, and here's a link to see its progress and demise. The Assembly passed AB375 on September 12, 2013, but Governor Brown vetoed it on October 10, 2013. The Assembly had until March 6, 2014 to consider the Governor's veto. They did not, and the Bill died.
So why did Governor Brown veto AB375 even though the Teachers' Union supported it? I don't know and I have not researched that far yet. The point I'm making here is Sbranti did not oppose streamlining the dismissal process, but the Teachers' Union did oppose SB1530.
Tim Sbranti's name does not appear in ANY of the articles referenced in the attack mailer. However, he was active in the CTA's Political Involvement Committee. One bill was defeated but another one was passed. Then the second bill was vetoed by the Governor. Tim Sbranti cannot be personally blamed for any of these results.
Don't let these nasty attack mailers change your mind about whom to vote for. I won't let them change mine either.