Re "Teacher dismissal bill deserves a Brown veto" (Editorials, Oct 2): There's absolutely no reason why individuals who sexually abuse students or worse should have access to our classrooms or students.
But Assembly Bill 375 would permit teachers who jeopardize the safety of students to legally to return to their classrooms.
School superintendents and principals believe AB 375 puts students in harm's way. California needs a teacher dismissal process that is fair and efficient, and we have been working toward an improved process.
But AB 375 doesn't streamline the teacher dismissal process. It creates unrealistic mandates and forces school districts to offer a financial settlement to an employee in cases of immoral or unprofessional conduct or to put more employees on paid administrative leave. Our students deserve to be safe, always. On behalf of California's 6.3 million students, we respectfully ask Gov. Jerry Brown to veto Assembly Bill 375.
-- Wes Smith, Sacramento, Executive Director, Association of California School Administrators