August 29 | Contra Costa Times

By Sharon Noguchi

A major showdown in Sacramento has pitted education allies against each other, with school reformers and school districts desperately trying to fend off union attempts to water down teacher evaluations and accountability.

Assembly Bill 5 is backed by teachers unions, one of the most powerful lobbies in Sacramento. On the other side, the California State PTA, reformers such as Education Trust-West and EdVoice, plus the organizations representing school administrators, districts and trustees argued the bill would harm students. Wednesday afternoon, the bill was being debated by the Senate Education Committee.

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