SACRAMENTO -- A bill to streamline the teacher discipline and dismissal appeal process is being hailed as a solution to costly proceedings that have made it difficult for districts to terminate employees.
Authored by Assemblywoman Joan Buchanan, D-Alamo, AB 215 would create a separate hearing process overseen by an administrative law judge for teachers charged with egregious misconduct, including child abuse, sexual abuse and certain drug offenses. The bill would also speed up hearings for all other appeals, with binding decisions to be made by the Commission on Professional Competence, which includes an administrative law judge and two educators.
Buchanan announced Friday that she and education policy makers reached agreement with the governor's office in response to Gov. Jerry Brown's veto of a similar bill last year.