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Teacher-Dismissal Bill Vetoed in California

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Gov. Jerry Brown last week vetoed controversial legislation that would have changed the process for dismissing teachers for misconduct.

The California Teachers Association, which supported the bill, said it would update and streamline the process. But opponents, including the state school boards' association, contended it actually would extend the process and limit the evidence that could be presented.

Under the measure, dismissal notices could have been filed in the summer and evidence that was more than four years old could have been considered. It also would have limited the number of witnesses that could be deposed in hearings and made it more difficult for districts to alter their complaints.

In California, the teacher-dismissal process can take up to 1½ years with appeals.

Vol. 33, Issue 08, Page 4

Published in Print: October 16, 2013, as Teacher-Dismissal Bill Vetoed in California
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