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CA Makes it Easier to Dismiss Teachers Accused of Serious Offenses

California Passes Teacher Dismissal Bill

A CA bill that would hasten the firing teachers accused of serious offenses is speeding into law, cutting back appeals in an effort to ensure student safety. 

The teachers in question are suspected of serious offenses such as attempted murder, sexual misconduct or drug offenses, according to the LA Times. Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Rolf M. Treu threw out the state's system for dismissing teachers and said the cost and time involved hindered districts' ability to remove ineffective teachers.

The bill, which outlines the elimination of particular loopholes, such as recognition of tenure in teachers, will speed up the process of dismissing unfit teachers. It was passed unanimously in the Assembly and Senate and awaits the governor's signature to become law. 

"The proposed changes will make all California public schools safer and keep more education resources in the classroom where they belong," said Bill Lucia, president of EdVoice, a Sacramento-based advocacy group that opposes teacher unions. 

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Article by Kassondra Granata, EducationWorld Contributor


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