Companion Measure is Pending in Assembly Appropriations
The Assembly Judiciary Committee will be hearing the CTA-supported AB 375 on Tuesday, April 30th. That measure, by Assembly Education Chair Joan Buchanan (D-Alamo), aims to keep students safe, safeguard the integrity of the profession, and protect educators' rights.
AB 375 would speed up the district's investigation of verbal, physical, or sexual abuse leveled against a certificated employee.
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 the Los Angeles Unified School District, have failed to take appropriate action.
The companion measure, CTA-supported AB 1338, also by Assemblymember Buchanan, would require districts to train their personnel annually about their responsibilities to report instances that would indicated to a reasonable person that a case of abuse might have occurred. Because the measure has some costs associated with it, the bill is in the Assembly Appropriations Committee for a hearing about fiscal issues.
More information about CTA's position on AB 375 can be found in these Key Messages. Learn more about the measures by reading the CTA AB 375 Fact Sheet, the CTA AB 1338 Fact Sheet, and Assemblymember Buchanan's and Senator Padilla's Joint News Release on the bills.