Gov. Jerry Brown on Wednesday signed long-debated legislation aimed at speeding the dismissal of public school teachers for egregious misconduct. The bill was introduced in reaction to a 2012 sex abuse case at Miramonte Elementary School in Los Angeles.
Under current rules, appeals of firings can take more than a year. But with the new law, a teacher accused of the most egregious misconduct, including sex abuse, attempted murder and drug crimes, would be given 30 days after being fired to seek an independent hearing, which would then have to start in 60 days.
The hearing would be overseen by an administrative law judge, not a three-person panel that includes teachers, and the decision is binding.