(Sacramento, CA)— Today the legislature passed AB 375, a bill that could become “one of the State’s most important and overdue education reforms in more than a decade,” according to the Los Angeles Times. AB 375 protects children and streamlines the teacher discipline and dismissal process, saving school districts time and money while ensuring student safety.
Assemblymember Buchanan said, “I am gratified that after long debate and months of hard work, AB 375 is on its way to the Governor’s desk. The current system results in dismissal disputes taking years to resolve with costs that can exceed $100,000. The only people who win are the attorneys. This is a major step in the right direction.”
- Removes the four month summer ban on issuing dismissal notices for unprofessional conduct.
- Allows evidence of child or sexual abuse allegations more than four years old to be considered.
- Requires school districts to place an employee charged with homicide on leave.
- Requires all appeal hearings to begin within six months of filing.
AB 375 received the support of State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson, former Superintendent of Public Instruction Delaine Eastin, California State PTA, Crime Victims United, Child Abuse Prevention Council, California Teachers Association and California Federation of Teachers.
Due to space, we tweaked the title
Original Title: Buchanan’s Bill to Protect Children’s Safety and Streamline Teacher Dismissal Passes the Legislature