Community Representatives are an important liaison between schools and the community. They serve a key role as problem-solvers in our schools. In the past, Community Representatives were essentially treated like temporary employees. They were exempt from classified service, making them “at-will” employees who could be terminated at any time for no reason. Community Representatives were also capped at about 4 hours a day, although they often dedicated eight hours or more to students and families. In 2018, we worked together to change this. We organized our fellow classified employees to make visits to our legislators. We took our fight all the way to Capitol Hill in Sacramento and won! When we’re united we can make big changes that improve our lives, the lives of the students we serve and our communities.
What we won with AB 2261
In 2018, we put forth a bill AB 2261 to address these issues. Here are some of the highlights of what we’ve won:
- Classified Service: As of January 1, 2019, Community Representatives are now permanent, classified positions. As classified employees, Community Representatives gain the same “just cause” job protections that all other classified employees have. See our FAQs below for more details.
- Lifting Hourly Caps For Community Representatives: AB 2261 will allow schools to invest in keeping their parent centers open and accessible for more time during the school year by lifting the 720-hour-a-year cap that Community Representatives can work (California Education Code, Sec. 45258). This ensures Community Representatives are paid for all the hours they work. Community Representatives have reported for years that—due to the demands of the jobs—they regularly work 8 hours days, but are only paid for four hours or fewer.