Remove CSET and CBEST requirements for Teacher candidates.

Remove CSET and CBEST requirements for Teacher candidates.

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Ivan Rodriguez started this petition to California State Senator Senator Connie Leyva and

For too long, our education system in California has been failing our students and community. In order for our students to get the best education they can possibly get, they need teachers who can relate to their experiences and their needs. However, state requirements such as the CBEST, RICA and CSET have, for decades, directly resulted in our students being held back from attaining knowledge about society, the community, and how to achieve success. 

In 2020, AB 2485 was supposed to move but Senator Connie Leyva (D-Chino) blocked it because according to her, “it did not directly relate to COVID”. However, we know now that the pandemic has not only held students back, but has also added to their trauma. 

COVID-19 has also been a hurdle for our students and they deserve more one on one time with teachers in order to make up for the education lost during the pandemic. Students need smaller classrooms so that they have more 1 on 1 time with teachers. By forcing these tests on teacher candidates, it holds back students from getting the attention they need. 

Theses tests are here to determine whether or not the candidate has the subject knowledge to teach. What was the point of 4 years of higher education? What was the point of all that paid tuition?

As teacher candidates, we are here to cater to the needs of students and their families. 

How would it benefit students, their families, and their communities?

1. It would result in smaller class sizes so students have more 1 on 1 time with the teacher. 

2. More teachers who reflect the demographics of the student community. Students feel more comfortable with educators who can relate to them.  

3. Lifts working class teacher candidates out of poverty. 

So to the Senate Education chairwoman, we need you to rethink your position and finally do what is right for students and their families. There are so many potential teachers out there who are ready to make an impact on the lives of students, their families, and their communities.  The children have been through enough. 

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