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October 7, 2013

Cindy Marks: Flawed bill would make it harder to fire bad teachers

Currently residing on Gov. Jerry Brown’s desk is Assembly Bill 375, a deeply flawed piece of legislation authored by Assembly Member Joan Buchanan (D-Alamo) on one of the most important issues facing public schools today – the means by which a school district can dismiss a teacher, either for unsatisfactory performance or for conduct that threatens the safety of the children in our schools. AB 375 misses the mark; instead of helping schools, it would give accused teachers a clear advantage. It imposes a time limit, provides opportunities to delay, and limits the ability of school districts to gather evidence and amend charges. I am asking Gov. Brown to veto the measure and, just as he did in working out the Local Control Funding Formula, bring stakeholders together to work out a better solution.

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