Bill to speed firing of some California public school teachers advances

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

A bill to hasten the dismissal of some public school teachers appears to be speeding into law, but it won't calm the furor unleashed last week when a judge threw out key job protections for California instructors.

The faster process would apply to teachers suspected of serious offenses, such as attempted murder, sexual misconduct or drug offenses. It does not require that an instructor be convicted of a crime to be fired, only that a school district has determined that the employee is unfit for the classroom.

Under current law, appeals of dismissals can extend for well over a year, which can result in legal costs of several hundred thousand dollars. For that reason, the changes are a huge step forward, supporters said.

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