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POWER SHIFT: Senate Bill 1530 would give school districts more power to dismiss teachers for misconduct, but not for underperforming. Susan Deacon (right), Santa Barbara school board president, favored the bill. Another bill, AB 5, would update California’s guidelines for teacher evaluations. Included in that bill is language that would require governing boards to hold public meetings seeking input from parents, teachers, and community members on what would constitute a “Best Practices Teacher Evaluation.” Regardless of the bill’s merits, S.B. school boardmember Monique Limón (left) worries that it will become another unfunded mandate.

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