Capitol Alert
The latest on California politics and government
October 10, 2013

Gov. Jerry Brown has rejected a bill intended to streamline the process for firing teachers in California.

Brown’s veto of Assembly Bill 375 marks the second straight year that high-profile legislation aimed at facilitating the teacher dismissal process failed in California. Last year, a measure by Sen. Alex Padilla, D-Los Angeles died in committee.

Proponents of the bill have argued that districts face a prolonged, costly fight when they move to fire teachers. While this year’s measure won the crucial support of the California Teachers Association, Brown repudiated it, saying in his veto message that the bill could “make the process too rigid and could create new problems.”

The bill would have limited the amount of time that a case can take after a district formally files dismissal charges and would have lifted a ban on issuing dismissal notices during the summer months. In his veto message, Brown praised the bill for curtailing “opportunities for delay.”

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