Assembly members Buchanan and Padilla joining efforts is positive step for students and educators
We support AB 375 and AB 1338 because the bills reflect CTA’s goals to keep students safe, safeguard the integrity of the profession, and protect the rights of educators. CTA supports 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. We commend Assembly Education Committee Chair Joan Buchanan for her hard work in developing the legislation and Senator Alex Padilla for signing on as co-author. We look forward to working with lawmakers as these bills make their way through the legislative process.
Under existing law, districts can immediately remove from the classroom any educator accused of immoral conduct or a serious crime, and can keep the accused employee away from students until the facts of the case have been determined. Several school districts such as LAUSD have failed to take appropriate action. AB 375 would update and streamline the teacher dismissal process, saving school districts time and money while at the same time ensuring due process. The bill also removes outdated references in the Education Code, updates other sections consistent with current school calendars, and clarifies the responsibilities of both school districts and teachers with respect to the appeal process.
CTA strongly believes school districts should be penalized for not following the law and failing to report serious misconduct to the Commission on Teacher Credentialing. AB 1338 requires all districts to develop a policy on mandated reporting of child abuse that complies with current law. CTA wholeheartedly supports a safe environment for our schools and communities.