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Teacher dismissal bill deserves a Brown veto

posted Oct 2, 2013, 9:05 AM by Gary Jones   [ updated Oct 2, 2013, 9:15 AM ]

California has a cumbersome and costly teacher dismissal process. But efforts at reform have consistently been beaten back by the powerful California Teachers Association.

AB 375 got so watered down in the legislative process that it now actually makes it more difficult for school districts to dismiss a teacher accused of unprofessional or immoral conduct – such as sexual harassment, causing bodily injury to students or staff, or financial misconduct.

Despite adamant opposition to AB 375 from California school boards and school administrators, this bill got through and now sits on the governor’s desk.

The most egregious elements would make it more difficult for a school district to collect evidence and present a case.

Gov. Jerry Brown should veto this bill and insist on a do-over.

Read entire article HERE.

As Modoc County Superintendent, I am opposed to AB 375. Protecting and educating students will always be my highest priorities.