On the last night of the legislative session, Assembly Bill 438 by Assemblymember Eloise Gómez Reyes passed the Legislature and has reached Governor Newsom’s desk for his approval or veto. AB 438 would require a school or community college district to provide written layoff notice(s) to the governing board and affected classified employee(s) no later than March 15. The bill would authorize a classified employee to request a hearing to determine if there is cause for not re-employing for the ensuing year.

CASBO, along with the education management community, opposes AB 438. We urge you to contact Governor Newsom and inform him that:

  • AB 438 would eliminate any remaining flexibility local education agencies (LEAs) have to make accurate personnel decisions and preserve jobs once they have a clearer picture of state funding and enrollment for the coming school year.
  • AB 438 would force LEAs to determine which support staff to retain three months before the state budget is passed.
  • AB 438 would exacerbate the disruption and uncertainty created by the March 15 deadline during these difficult budget years.

Read Opposition Letter

Contact Governor’s Legislative Unit

Thank you for your time and assistance in helping us advocate on your behalf on this important topic. If you have any questions, please contact Sara Bachez, CASBO Chief Governmental Relations Officer, at sbachez@casbo.org.