UPDATE, October 11, 2013: Governor Brown has vetoed AB 375. The LA School Report blog reported: “The governor still wants to do something,” LA Unified’s chief lobbyist, Edgar Zazueta, toldLA School Report. “I do see there will be one, if not several, efforts to do this next year. Hopefully we’re able to find somewhere in the middle, where more stakeholders can embrace final product.”
UPDATE, April 3, 2013: The California Teachers Association has endorsed Joan Buchanan's "compromise bill" on dismissal of teachers accused of abuse, clearing the way for AB 375 to be approved by the Assembly Education Committee today. [See background on bill, below.]
As reported by Michael Gardner in the San Diego Union-Tribune: AB 375 amends the current dismissal policy by:
Allowing districts to remove a teacher accused of a serious offense at any time. Current law states that only those teachers accused of sexual or physical abuse can be dismissed outside the normal school year.
• Permitting districts to use evidence older than four years in cases of suspected child abuse or sex abuse as long as an administrative law judge deems it “relevant.”
• Speeding the dismissal hearing process and requiring that cases be settled within seven months. The process can now take many more months or even years.
• Expanding current provisions to require districts to place on leave teachers accused in a criminal court of homicide and serious drug offenses.
• Allowing the teacher and district to mutually agree to a dismissal hearing before a single administrative law judge rather than an appointed “Commission on Professional Competence.”
• Placing dismissal appeals in an administrative court instead of a Superior Court.