Legislation that would have expedited the disciplinary review process for teachers accused of sexual abuse failed to clear the Assembly Education Committee Wednesday.
Senate Bill 1530, sponsored by Sen. Alex Padilla, would have made streamlined the process for firing teachers accused of crimes involving sexual abuse, violence and drug offenses.
LAUSD Superintedent John Deasy blamed powerful lobbying forces for the bill's rejection.
"When we want students' rights protected, maybe we need a union," said Deasy
The bill was written out of response to the Miramonte Elementary scandal in which two teachers were charged with sexually abusing students.