A state Senate measure would give school boards the authority to fire teachers accused of specific, serious offenses. That power is currently in the hands of a three-person commission. The Senate bill and an Assembly measure would allow dismissal proceedings to begin during the summer. Republican Assemblyman Steve Knight says his bill also allows evidence that's more than four years old to be considered in such cases.
"When someone does something that's going to break the law, especially when you have children involved, and you're going to prey on children, there should be a faster process to where we can get this teacher resolved."
The California Teachers Association opposes both bills, raising concerns about due process for teachers and other employees.