August 25 | The Sacramento Bee

Assemblyman Felipe Fuentes, D-Sylmar, last year launched an effort to improve teacher effectiveness in California's public schools. At the time, he said, "I believe the time has come for the state to ensure that all students, regardless of race, ethnicity or ZIP code, have a fundamental right to be taught by an effective, qualified teacher."

His original bill would have made modest steps toward measuring teacher performance meaningfully – including growth in student performance from the beginning of a school year to the end.

Unfortunately, like too many other late-session bills, Fuentes' Assembly Bill 5 now has been gutted and amended so that it is unrecognizable.

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