FIRST PERSON | By Laura L. Manriquez,
Carpinteria Association of the United School Employees
I recently became aware of an opportunity to obtain financial
assistance in earning a teaching credential through the
California Classified School Employee Teacher Credentialing
Program, which is intended to attract classified staff who are
interested in becoming teachers.
The job title varies from one school district to another, but
most “Noon Dutys” — as part-time playground supervisors or noon
duty aides are often called – are women working five days a week
for two or three hours a day. They are often the lowest paid
employees on campus.
Current law blocked most noon dutys from classified status, but
that changes on January 1. Gov. Jerry Brown has signed AB 670 by
Assemblyman Tony Thurmond (D-Richmond), giving a leg up to about
1,500 part-timers across the state.
Classified employees took two giant steps forward in Sacramento
during 2016 after the CFT shepherded four bills through the state
Legislature that address staff priorities. Gov. Jerry Brown
signed two of the bills.
AB 2122 appropriates $20 million over five years to
encourage classified employees to return to school and become
teachers. Grants from the California Classified School
Employee Teacher Credentialing Program to districts and
county offices of education will provide up to $4,000 annually to
staff seeking a bachelor’s degree and credential.
The annual budget passed by the state Legislature and signed by
the governor includes an appropriation of $20 million over five
years to fund a CFT co-sponsored piece of legislation known as
the California Classified School Employee Teacher Credentialing
Carlos Howe began working as a security
officer for the Hawthorne School District in 2000, but he wanted
more. After earning his bachelor’s degree in criminal justice
administration, Howe joined the Santa Monica Police Department.
It wasn’t a good fit.
“My hair was on fire everyday. I had recently married and was a
brand new father, but it was dangerous and I was always gone, so
I switched gears.”