LA teacher charged with 23 counts of lewd acts on a child. LA district wants to terminate him, but the CTA union has made it a very lengthy and costly dismissal process, which is why teachers are rarely fired, regardless of reason.
State Sen Padilla, D-Pacoima, because of a sting of teacher abuse cases. crafted legislation to improve the discipline process for the worst. Sen Bill 1530 passed SENATE 33-4, with support of CA school boards and administrators ! Then it was off to ASSEMBLY committee which was heavily lobbied by union LOBBYISTS !! CTA against streamlining the process for related to sex, drugs, violence. The existing bill requires evidence of less than four years, and a panel including an administrative law judge and TWO TEACHERS on sex violence & drug cases. New bill 1530 would eliminate two TEACHERS on the termination panel,and allows related evidence over 4 years.
The bill is supported by boards and administratiors throughout CA
and with the huge SENATE VICTORY, it was expected to pass thru the
Assembly COMMITTEE. But, it was killed in committee by one vote... Eastbay DEM Assemblywoman JOAN BUCHANAN, voted against the bill that
would have made it easier to protect children. This legislative session has now ended. Ms Buchanan says she'll look at it later.
This legislature is now closed. The big 33-4 Senate victory was for nothing. Union member Buchanan would not vote to ease the process for these EXTREME cases. if she won't even vote to clean up these hard-core cases, she'll obviously never allow terminating really
LOUSY classroom teachers either. Union might not let her win next
election if she forgets for a second, just who runs this show !
FIRST, it's protect the teacher, apparently. I learned this info in today's CoCoTIMES Sunday editorial. Editorial is available on the Times website,.