What are State Lawmakers Doing About the Teacher Shortage?

The teacher shortage is taking a toll on the quality of public education in the state. Different districts have taken efforts to try and alleviate this problem, but on a grander scale, so are state legislators. CALmatters has a recap of different bills making their way through the legislature that can help lure teachers and hopefully increase the number of quality educators in the state.

Here’s a rundown of those bills:

  • AB 45 (Assemblyman Tony Thurmond, D-Richmond) would provide $25 million to districts for teacher rental housing.
  • AB 1157 (Assemblyman Kevin Mullin, D-San Mateo) would encourage districts to turn surplus property into employee housing.
  • AB 1182 (Assemblyman Evan Low, D-Cupertino) would offer down-payment assistance to teachers in high-cost counties.
  • SB 807 (Senator Henry Stern, D-Calabasas) would exempt teachers from paying state income tax on salary earned in the classroom.
  • AB 410 (Assemblywoman Sabrina Cervantes, D-Corona) would prohibit districts from charging new teachers fees for training.
  • AB 568 (Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez Fletcher, D-San Diego) would give teachers six weeks of paid maternity leave.

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