SACRAMENTO – A bill that attempted to make it easier to dismiss teachers and school employees was vetoed Thursday by Gov. Jerry Brown.
Assembly Bill 375 (Buchanan-D)Â was designed to streamline existing law, which currently prohibits a permanent school employee from being fired unless very specificÂ “immoral” or “unprofessional” conduct takes place.
While Brown agreed AB 375 would make â€œworthwhile adjustments to the dismissal process,â€ he also argued other changes mandated in the legislation would â€œcreate new problems.â€
â€œI share the authorsâ€™ desire to streamline the teacher discipline process, but this bill is an imperfect solution,â€ he told the assembly Thursday via a written message.
The governor makes clear in his messageÂ he wants lawmakers to go back to the drawing board.
StudentsFirst, an advocate for teachers, released this statement following Brownâ€™s veto:
â€œAB 375 was a poor, rushed attempt to fix the current teacher dismissal process, making it more complicated to dismiss teachers accused of abuse against children. We thank Governor Brown for his leadership and look forward to working with the state legislature to address this issue in a way that fulfills the stateâ€™s fundamental responsibility to protect Californiaâ€™s kids and put their safety first.”