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New CA Law Changes Language of Teacher RIF Notices

LA School Report | August 22, 2013

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LA Unified Board President Richard Vladovic

LA Unified Board President Richard Vladovic

A new state law changing the language of layoff notices is winning praise from Richard Vladovic, president of the Los Angeles Unified Board of Education.

Vladovic had called for the changes after receiving complaints from employees in his district who interpreted the layoff notice as an accusation they committed some kind of offence.

“In the old process, many teachers involved felt like they were being accused and that they did something wrong,” he said in a press release from LA Unified. “This bill will enhance our efforts to elevate the teaching profession and will treat our teachers as true professionals.”

The new law, authored by Sen. Roderick Wright of Inglewood and surrounding areas, takes effect on Jan. 1.

Under current law, certificated employees who receive pink slips called “accusations.” The new law will make changes to current documents that are a part of the layoff process, with teachers receiving a notice called a “District Statement of Reduction in Force.”

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