Governor Signs Legislation Dealing With Dismissal of Teachers Charged With Sexual Offenses

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

SACRAMENTO – Governor Brown signed Assembly Bill (AB) 872, authored by Assemblymember Ed Chau (D-Monterey Park), which updates the list of sex offenses that require mandatory suspension of a teaching credential by the Commission on Teacher Credentialing (CTC).

“Under current law, only certain sex offenses require an automatic suspension of credentials, which can lead to situations where a person charged with a sexual offense can remain in the classroom; further exacerbating the potentially danger to students,” said Assemblymember Ed Chau. “This bill updates the list of sex offenses that requires the CTC to suspend a person’s credential.”

Education Code section 44010 specifies what constitutes a “sex offense,” including the licensing and disciplinary work of the CTC. This bill will update current law to include a comprehensive list of offenses, such as aggravated sexual assault of a child, harmful matter sent with intent to seduce a minor, and arranging a meeting with a minor for lewd/lascivious behavior.

“AB 872 provides the CTC with the necessary tools to protect students by removing a teacher from the classroom who is charged with a sex offense, pending the outcome of their case,” concluded Assemblymember Chau.

Assemblymember Ed Chau represents the 49th Assembly District, comprised of the communities of Alhambra, Arcadia, El Monte, Monterey Park, Rosemead, San Gabriel, San Marino, Temple City and portions of Montebello, and South El Monte.