Legislation targeting shortage of teachers: Lawmaker hopes to make getting credential easier, more affordable for those entering field

Patrick O’Donnell, D-Long Beach, proposed Assembly Bill 169 to establish a $20,000 grant program for students enrolled in teaching credential programs specializing in areas of high need. He also crafted Assembly Bill 170 to repeal a law prohibiting state college students from graduating in four years with a teaching credential. - See more at: http://www.smdailyjournal.com/articles/lnews/2017-01-23/legislation-targeting-shortage-of-teachers-lawmaker-hopes-to-make-getting-credential-easier-more-affordable-for-those-entering-field/1776425174680.html#sthash.IHBYNd9G.dpuf

Assemblymember O’Donnell Tackles California’s Teacher Shortage

(SACRAMENTO) – Yesterday, Assemblymember Patrick O’Donnell (D – Long Beach) introduced AB 169 and AB 170, both of which will help California address its growing need for qualified teachers.

AB 169 establishes the High Need Teacher Grant Program, which will award one-time grant funds of $20,000 to students in educator preparation programs if they commit to teach in a subject area especially impacted by the teacher shortage, such as math, science, bilingual, or special education.

Local Education Leaders Respond To State Budget Unveiling

When Governor Jerry Brown unveiled the latest state budget Tuesday there were plenty of critics of the $122.5 billion figure that was laid out, but maybe one of the hardest hit areas in this year’s finances was education, and educators up and down the state made their voices heard.

Assemblymember O’Donnell Reappointed to Lead the Assembly Education Committee

(SACRAMENTO) – Today, Assemblymember Patrick O’Donnell (D – Long Beach) was renamed as Chair of the Assembly Education Committee by Speaker Anthony Rendon. The committee is instrumental in shaping state policy impacting schools, students and teachers in California. Assemblymember O’Donnell issued the following statement on the appointment:

“As a classroom teacher, I come to Sacramento to give students a voice in the Legislature. The opportunity to continue as Chair of the Assembly Education Committee is not just an honor; it is a responsibility that, for me, is deeply personal. The policies made by Sacramento have very real and powerful implications for the lives of my students, fellow teachers and even my own children. I look forward to building on our progress to ensure California students have access to safe, high-quality learning environments in which they are able to thrive.”

Assemblymember O’Donnell Introduces Legislation Putting California Classrooms at the Forefront of Arts and Technology

(SACRAMENTO) – Today, Assemblymember Patrick O’Donnell (D – Long Beach) introduced AB 37, which seeks to engage California’s students in the most cutting-edge fields of visual and performing arts.

The legislation will establish state standards for media arts, allowing students to create, communicate, and design using new technology.  Students of media arts learn skills such as video production, online and mobile media design, sound engineering, multimedia live production, and virtual reality programming.