California Gov. Jerry Brown (Getty Images)

California Gov. Jerry Brown (Getty Images)

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) – Gov. Jerry Brown has vetoed what he calls an “imperfect” union-backed bill intended to streamline the dismissal of teachers accused of misconduct.

He said in a veto message Thursday that lawmakers should try again next year.

AB375 by Democratic Assemblywoman Joan Buchanan of Alamo was approved by lawmakers a year after a more stringent bill died in the state Assembly after union opposition.

Both responded to last year’s arrest of a Los Angeles elementary school teacher who was charged with nearly two-dozen counts of engaging in lewd conduct with students.

Brown applauded some of AB375’s proposed changes. But he says other provisions in the bill backed by the California Teachers Association “may do more harm than good.”

It was among several education bills signed or vetoed by the governor.

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