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

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Parents and children protest outside Miramonte Elementary School in Los Angeles, California, February 6, 2012.

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.


Calif. Republican politicos to introduce legislation to reform teacher dismissal process

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California State Capitol in Sacramento

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.

"State law has hamstrung school administrators from firing teachers when misconduct crimes occur," said the release from Senate Republican Leader Bob Huff, of Diamond Bar, and Assembly Republican Leader Connie Conway, of Tulare.

Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa wrote Gov. Jerry Brown a letter dated Feb. 29 urging him to revise portions of the teacher dismissal laws to make it easier to fire teachers. He said that an average dismissal proceeding costs the district $300,000.