Thanks to a flood of letters and phone calls from education advocates like you, Governor Brown got the message that AB 375 was bad news for kids. Today, he vetoed the bill. That’s great news because, as you know, AB 375 would have made it more difficult for schools to permanently keep child abusers out of California classrooms.
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The first rule in school safety is, “do no harm.” AB 375 arbitrarily limited the number of depositions to five per side, regardless of the circumstances, thereby denying all victim children the ability to describe the abuse they suffered at the hands of a trusted adult. It also prohibited new evidence that came to light from additional victims to be considered after charges were initially filed. And, it doubled down on red tape in current law that makes it difficult to assemble a panel with teachers to decide a case, even when it relates to egregious sexual misconduct.
But remember, AB 375 was only in play because everyone knows current law doesn’t do enough to ensure districts have the proper tools to protect kids in the classroom. So the fight goes on. Stay tuned for updates from EdVoice on how you can get involved and push for real improvements to help ensure all students in California public school classrooms are safe.