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Compromise Reached on Teacher Dismissal Legislation

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(Sacramento, CA)
Friday, March 22, 2013

Democratic Assemblymember Joan Buchanan says her bill offers a more balanced solution than the one she helped kill last year.

"It'll protect our children, it'll provide due process for those accused and ultimately it's going to result in a reduced cost to districts," Buchanan says.  "So I think it's a good compromise."

Buchanan's measure would speed up the appeal process for teacher dismissals in child or sexual misconduct cases and remove the current four-year statute of limitations.

It has the support of two influential teachers unions which opposed last year's bill, and it has the support of the author of that bill, Democratic State Senator Alex Padilla.

But education reform groups still have questions about Buchanan's measure - such as whether individual school districts could negotiate their way around the proposed requirements through collective bargaining.

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