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.”
A decade of bashing teachers has left California and the nation
with a dire shortage. Demand for K-12 teachers has increased
while the new teacher supply is at a 12-year low.
Enrollment in California’s teacher preparation programs has
dropped by 76 percent over the last decade, far below what is
needed to fill vacancies, according to Linda Darling-Hammond,
faculty director at the Stanford Center for Opportunity Policy in