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LAUSD board unanimously approves firing 2 teachers accused of sexual misconduct

LAUSD board meeting

Tami Abdollah / KPCC

LAUSD board meeting, Tuesday, Feb. 7, 2012

The LAUSD board unanimously approved the firing of a Hamilton High School music magnet teacher and a Miramonte Elementary School teacher accused of sexual misconduct with students in closed session today, a district spokesman said.

Vance Miller, 59, is accused of sexual battery during the mid-1990s through 2010, according to attorney Anthony De Marco, who represents the alleged victims. Two civil lawsuits have been filed against him, including one filed today, De Marco said.

Martin Springer, 49, was arrested last week on allegations that he fondled two girls within the last three years. He will be arraigned at 1:30 p.m. today at the Foltz Criminal Justice Center, according to the Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office.

"Those two were among those the board has taken action to dismiss today unanimously," said district spokesman Tom Waldman. The teachers now have 30 days to appeal, Waldman said.

Before opening the mostly closed-door meeting to the public, school board president Monica Garcia spoke about the allegations.

"The tragic incident reminds us that reporting suspected child abuse or any criminal act is everyone's moral, legal and ethical obligation," said Garcia. "[It] highlights the need for all stakeholders, parents, students, school staff and community to break the code of silence." 

L.A. Unified's more than 70,000 employees will all undergo new training on ways to prevent and report student abuse in the weeks ahead, according to Garcia.

Tami Abdollah can be reached via email and on Twitter (@latams).

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