CTA's State Council of Education has taken a position to oppose Sen. Alex Padilla's (D-Los Angeles) SB 10 that intends to make changes in teacher dismissal law in order to protect students from behavior already prohibited by law. Under existing law, districts can immediately remove from the classroom any educator accused of "immoral conduct" or accused of a serious crime and can keep the employee away from students until the facts of the case have been determined.
Because no one is more concerned than teachers about protecting students from child abuse or other misconduct, CTA is seeking to streamline the process by which teachers may have a day in court to defend themselves against charges of serious misconduct. CTA also opposes SB 10 because it would allow districts to delay dismissal hearings on the charges. It doesn't require the district to follow a timeline for investigating the allegations or holding a hearing; therefore, creating distrust and uncertainty in the community.
Additionally, Sen. Padilla's SB 10 ignores a performance audit by a state agency that determined the Los Angeles Unified School District should have protected its students by immediately reporting allegations of inappropriate conduct against teachers to the state licensing agency. The California Commission on Teaching Credentialing can revoke the license of any certificated employee, making it impossible for that employee to work in a public school anywhere in the state. By not reporting these allegations, the district allowed educators under suspicion to continue working with students in other districts.
Simply put: The state audit found massive failure by LAUSD officials to use provisions of current law to protect students.
CTA is committed to protecting the safety of students and employees on every campus. It is opposed to counterproductive legislation that will do nothing more than make it possible for school districts to suspend educators indefinitely without pay and without a hearing. That's what SB 10 by Sen. Padilla (D-Los Angeles) will do in addition to allowing districts to ignore the findings of an impartial arbitrator and fire the teacher, notwithstanding the arbitrator's finding that the teacher is not guilty of anything.
CTA will be working to defeat the measure during its first hearing in the Senate Education Committee later this month.
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Read the bill: SB 10 Bill Text