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Bill responding to LA-area teacher sex case fails

8:28 PM, Jun 27, 2012   |    comments
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SACRAMENTO, CA (AP) - A bill making it easier for school districts to fire teachers accused of gross misconduct has failed to clear an Assembly committee.

Sen. Alex Padilla's bill came in response to a Los Angeles case where a teacher was arrested for lewd acts including spoon-feeding students his semen.

His SB1530 would have let school boards dismiss teachers instead of leaving the decision to a disciplinary commission, but only for violent, sexual or drug offenses involving children.

The bill failed to clear the Assembly Education Committee on Wednesday after heavy opposition from teachers unions who said the bill would harm teacher due process rights.

Padilla, a Democrat from Los Angeles, sought the bill after longtime Miramonte Elementary School teacher Mark Berndt pleaded not guilty to 23 counts of lewdness on a child.

The Associated Press

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