Teachers union now backs Calif. bill to speed-up firing of teachers

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Updated: 3/31/2013 8:23 am

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California's largest teachers union is backing a measure that would make it easier to fire teachers accused of misconduct after successfully fighting a similar proposal last year.

Lawmakers this week are scheduled to take up AB375 by Democratic Assemblywoman Joan Buchanan. It would speed up the appeals process after a teacher is fired.

The Alamo Democrat's bill would still allow a panel of teachers and a judge to resolve disputes instead of giving districts the power to make a final decision, which labor groups opposed.

Last year's proposal came in response to a Los Angeles elementary school teacher charged with committing lewd acts on students.

School districts have long complained that the appeals process for teachers who are disciplined or removed is cumbersome and expensive.

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