Assemblyman Marty Block today voted against a reform that would allow school boards to expedite the process of firing a teacher who commits a criminal act against a student.
Republican Assemblyman Steve Knight presented amendments to Senate Bill 1458, legislation related to school accountability, to incorporate the language of Senate Bill 1530, authored by Democratic State Senator Alex Padilla. The Padilla bill is bipartisan legislation that would expedite the process of dismissing teachers in cases involving sex abuse, drugs, or violence against children. Marty Block and Assembly Democrats voted to block the reform.
Block and Assembly Democrats folded under pressure from the California Teachers’ union, which opposed the reform, despite strong support from Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa and the LA Unified School District.
CNN’s Anderson Cooper’s national broadcast highlighted this measure’s failure to pass the Legislature due to union opposition.
How can Marty Block call himself an Educator for Senate, when he doesn’t vote to protect children from classroom predators?