California Dismissal or Suspension of Teachers for Egregious Misconduct (2014)

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A California Dismissal or Suspension of Teachers for Egregious Misconduct Initiative (#13-0032) was approved for circulation in California as a contender for the November 4, 2014 ballot as an initiated state statute.

The initiative would have:

  • Speeded up the process and eliminated the current 4-year statute of limitations to dismiss or suspend school employees accused of egregious misconduct, defined to include child abuse, sexual abuse of minors, sexual assault on minors or adults, and certain drug offenses.
  • Prevented agreements to remove evidence of egregious misconduct from employee's personnel records or not report employee's misconduct to law enforcement or teacher credentialing officials.
  • If employee was dismissed, the measure would haveallowed school districts to recover salary paid and disallow retirement service credit earned during proceedings, starting 30 days after written notice of dismissal.

Supporters of the initiative referred to it as the "Stop Child Molesters, Sexual Abusers and Drug Dealers From Working in California Schools Act".

Text of measure

Ballot title:

School Employees. Dismissal or Suspension for Egregious Misconduct. Initiative Statute.

Official summary:

"Speeds process and eliminates 4-year statute of limitations to dismiss or suspend school employees accused of egregious misconduct, defined to include child abuse, sexual abuse of minors, sexual assault on minors or adults, and certain drug offenses. Prevents agreements to remove evidence of egregious misconduct from employee's personnel records or not report employee's misconduct to law enforcement or teacher credentialing officials. If employee is dismissed, allows school districts to recover salary paid and disallow retirement service credit earned during proceedings, starting 30 days after written notice of dismissal."

Fiscal impact statement:

(Note: The fiscal impact statement for a California ballot initiative authorized for circulation is jointly prepared by the state's Legislative Analyst and its Director of Finance.)

"Minor net annual effect on the state, as small additional administrative costs would be offset by small savings related to dismissal hearings and retirement credit. Small annual savings to school districts because of reduced legal expenses, wages, and pension costs."

Path to the ballot

See also: Signature requirements for ballot measures in California
  • Ashlee N. Titus submitted a letter requesting a ballot title on October 29, 2013.
  • A ballot title and ballot summary were issued by the Attorney General of California's office on December 20, 2013.
  • 504,760 valid signatures were required for qualification purposes.
  • The 150-day circulation deadline for #13-0032 was May 19, 2014. Filing sufficient signatures by that date would not have allowed the initiative to compete on the November 4, 2014 ballot.
  • The Secretary of State’s suggested signature filing deadline for the November 4, 2014 ballot was April 18, 2014.

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