Friday, October 11, 2013


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by  Chris Megerian and Tony Perry | |

10 October 2013  ::  The governor vetoed a measure that supporters said would ease the process for dismissing public school teachers.

The measure, by Assemblywoman Joan Buchanan (D-Alamo), was backed by Supt. Tom Torlakson, the state schools chief, and by the powerful California Teachers Assn. They said the proposal would make it quicker and cheaper to fire teachers by limiting the appeal process to seven months.

But school districts and administrator groups protested that the compressed time frame would actually hobble a district's ability to fire teachers by imposing an arbitrary limit on completion of cases.

In his veto message, Brown said the bill, AB 375, was too rigid and could create new problems. He urged the Legislature to continue working on the issue.

John Deasy on AB 375 Veto: ‘Wise Decision’

by LA School Report |

Posted on October 10, 2013 ::  LA   Unified Superintendent John Deasy applauded Governor Jerry Brown’s decision today to veto AB 375, a controversial teacher dismissal bill which had widespread teacher union support. Deasy, who had supported stronger legislation, told LA School Report that he was not surprised by the veto: “I appreciate the governor, in my opinion, making a wise decision. I hope that we can get a better bill as soon as possible in the next legislative session.

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