By Richard Bammer
Kairos Public School Vacaville Academy leaders mulled over a relatively light agenda Tuesday, approving one action item, a plan to spend money for an educator effectiveness plan.
Meeting in the library/media center room at the Elm Street campus, four of seven directors present unanimously voted to accept $26,837 from the state, a cash outlay made possible this year by Assembly Bill 104 and Senate Bill 103, the latter law part of the Education Trailer Bill signed by Gov. Jerry Brown on Sept. 23.
To some degree, the laws are an effort to encourage and retain teachers during California’s ongoing shortage of educators, which began after the Great Recession and took a toll on teacher ranks, with widespread layoffs, program and pay cuts, all of the related developments leading to increased class sizes. (Brown’s Local Control Funding Formula and an improving state economy have somewhat reversed the worst of the recession, as it affected the state Department of Education.)