Measure to Provide Charter School Employees with Information about Their Rights Advances in the Senate

June 14, 2012

AB 925 will require charter schools to describe employee personnel policies in charter school petitions

SACRAMENTO – In an effort to provide charter school employees with more information about school personnel policies such as sick leave, bereavement leave, and maternity leave, the Senate Education Committee passed AB 925 by Assembly Member Ricardo Lara (D-Bell Gardens). Specifically, the bill requires charter schools to describe their personnel policies and procedures when petitioning to become a charter school.

"Employees of many charter schools are basically "at will" employees with no floor of minimum rights and benefits to rely upon," said Assembly Member Lara. "At a minimum, these employees should be provided with a description of the charter schools personnel policies and procedures so that they can make informed decisions about their employment."

Current law exempts charter schools from providing basic rights and benefits. Therefore, many charter school employees have no guarantee of rights such as sick leave or maternity leave. AB 925 simply asks charter schools to, at a minimum, describe their personnel policies and procedures in their charter school petition, whatever their policies may be.

AB 925 passed the Senate Education Committee with a vote of 6-1. The bill will next be heard in the Senate Appropriations Committee.

CONTACT: Julia Juarez (323) 839-2091