House and Senate reject governor's amendment
A bill passed by the Legislature that would allow school nurses to obtain professional teacher status (PTS) had been returned by the governor with an unrelated amendment. The House and Senate both rejected the amendment and are in the process of passing the bill again and returning it to the governor.
The bill is part of the MTA's legislative package and was sponsored by Rep. Christine Canavan (D-Brockton). It was passed unanimously by both the House and the Senate and was sent to the Governor on June 8. The governor returned the bill to the Legislature on June 15 with a proposed amendment that would remove assistant principals from collective bargaining. This amendment was unrelated to school nurses or to professional teacher status, but would have furthered the governor's goal of reducing unionized positions in the public schools.
Now that the Legislature has rejected the amendment, the bill will go back to the governor for his approval or veto.