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LA Unified "Top 10" list catches state's legislative eye

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State legislators plan to to introduce legislation Tuesday aimed at reforming the teacher dismissal process, primarily drawn from an L.A. Unified "Top Ten" list of recommendations that includes changes to the teacher tenure and layoff processes.

L.A. Unified officials met with policy officials for the California State Assembly Republican Caucus on Feb. 28 and presented them with their two-page list from the district's Office of the General Counsel entitled "Top Ten Recommended Legislative Changes (With Proposed Language) Regarding Certificated Employee Procedures," said Sabrina Lockhart, a spokeswoman for state Assembly Republican Leader Connie Conway, of Tulare.

"They mentioned they had been seeking those reforms outlined in that document for years," Lockhart said.

Lockhart said the proposed legislation is "very much in line with the reforms they spelled out" specifically items 5, 6, 8 and 9.

"This mainly deals with getting rid of the uncessary delays with dismissals," Lockhart said. She also said it looked at allowing for evidence beyond four years into the dismissal proceedings.

Republicans in the state Senate and Assembly plan to introduce legislation Tuesday aimed at reforming the teacher dismissal process in response to the sex-abuse scandal that has rocked L.A. Unified over the last months.

The officials plan to announce their plans hours before the L.A. Unified school board votes on two resolutions that aim to beef up the employee discipline process, one of which calls on the legislature to make changes to the state's Education Code on how it deals with credentialed employee dismissals.

The resolution is very similar to one approved by the board in 2009 that recommended changes to the state's Education Code, also co-sponsored by Galatzan, but no legislation was pursued at the time.

Marla Eby, a spokeswoman for United Teachers Los Angeles, said officials needed to review the recommendations and could not provide comment.

Here is the two-page list of recommendations:

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

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