Brown sinks teacher firing legislation
October 11, 2013
A so-called “bad teacher” bill intended to smooth the path for firing California school educators has been vetoed by Gov. Jerry Brown. (Sacramento Bee)
The bill, which had the support of the California teachers Association, addressed concerns of some that it has become exorbitantly expensive and time-consuming for school districts to dismiss teachers.
Brown, in his veto statement, said the legislation could “make the process too rigid and could create new problems.”
Among the bill’s provisions was one that would have added murder and attempted murder to a list requiring an immediate leave of absence; others would have lifted a current prohibition against issuing dismissal notices in the summer; and tightened time requirements to abbreviate the process.
“I share the authors’ desire to streamline the teacher discipline process,” Brown wrote, “but this bill is an imperfect solution.”