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The latest on California politics and government
June 12, 2014

Against the backdrop of a ruling declaring California’s teacher dismissal rules unconstitutional, the Assembly on Thursday unanimously passed and sent to Gov. Jerry Brown legislation speeding the teacher firing process.

Years of wrangling and failed attempts preceded Assembly Bill 215, with Brown vetoing last year’s iteration. In addition to attempting to limit the length of appeals, AB 215 contains a measure hailed as a major breakthrough — a separate, accelerated process for teachers accused of egregious offenses such as molesting children.

Efforts to streamline the teacher firing process have come partly in response to the scandal of a Los Angeles teacher paid to resign after having sexually abused children. But they also reflect a consensus that, in California, it can be extraordinarily difficult, costly and time-consuming to fire a teacher.

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