California - AB1220
February 17, 2017
Current law provides for a two year teacher probationary period prior to the granting of permanent status. Because of the March 15th notification date, the decision to provide permanent status must be made in 15-18 months. As a result, an administrator who is unsure of whether the probationary teacher will be a great teacher must resort to non-reelecting them. Recent court cases challenging the extension of probation have stated this is an issue for the legislature. The State Board of Education, when confronted with a probationary employee extension waiver, stated this issue is for the legislature to resolve. AB 1220 has been introduced to extend the teacher probationary period for 3 years. AB 1220 passed out of the Assembly with a vote of 61-5, over the extraordinary opposition by the unions. Currently the bill provides for an optional 3 year probation for those teachers an administrator is unsure of. The sponsors of the bill are planning to amend the bill to a firm 3 year probation. Now AB 1220 is in the Senate and additional amendments are forthcoming.