Bills seek speedy teacher firing
April 1, 2013
Two Democratic state lawmakers have introduced dual bills to speed dismissals of teachers accused of certain egregious acts against children.
The proposed legislation, by Assemblywoman Joan Buchanan of Alamo and Sen. Alex Padilla, San Fernando, earned swift endorsement from the California Teachers Association (CTA), and is the result of a string of abuse cases.
In some, teachers neglected to notify the proper authorities of child abuse by teachers. In others, principals ignored their responsibility to act on information they received.
Dean E. Vogel, CTA president, said in a prepared statement that the 325,000-member organization is supportive because “the bills… keep students safe, safeguard the integrity of the profession, and protect the rights of educators. We support these bills because they provide immediate protections for students and streamline and shorten the dismissal process to ensure charges are handled fairly and in a timely manner.”