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Apr 20, 2010 2:30 PM by Bethany Tucker

Governor wants law that would change teacher layoff rules

Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger has introduced a senate bill in Los Angeles, that would allow school districts some flexibility in how they lay off teachers. The governor calls it a proposal to ensure that all California students have access to high-quality teachers and the education that they deserve.

The issue drew attention in February, when the American Civil Liberties Union sued the Los Angeles Unified School District over the firing of about 2,100 teachers based on seniority. The governor says he supports that lawsuit.

"It is unacceptable that school districts cannot determine their staffing based on the needs of students, and that is exactly why I am introducing this legislation and supporting the ACLU lawsuit. SB 955 will help ensure that classrooms are filled with effective teachers by giving school districts the flexibility to make staffing decisions based on ability, not just seniority," said Governor Schwarzenegger in Los Angeles Tuesday.

The senate bill was originally authored by Senator Bob Huff, a Republican from Diamond Bar.

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