State Senator To Revive Bill Targeting Teachers In Child Abuse Cases

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A state senator says he will reintroduce legislation next week to reform the dismissal procedure for California teachers involved in child abuse cases in order to simplify and expedite the process.

Alex Padilla, a Los Angeles County Democrat, said Friday that he was spurred to make the move by a state auditor’s report on Los Angeles Unified School District’s handling of teachers accused of child abuse allegations.

The report released Thursday found teacher discipline laws lead districts to pay off employees instead of going through the lengthy disciplinary process.

Padilla sponsored a bill earlier this year to reform the dismissal process for teachers involved in sexual abuse, violence or drug offenses against children, but it died in the Assembly Education Committee. The California Teachers Association opposed the bill.

(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press.)

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