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Daily Journal: “Dismissing a Teacher is Not Easy – the Process School Districts Must Follow”

In recent weeks, the media has flooded us with news of teachers being removed from classrooms and fired by school boards. The public, however, may have little knowledge of the cumbersome or complex process that is involved in a teacher dismissal action. On March 12, 2012, the attached article was published in the Daily Journal, written by our shareholder Michele M. Goldsmith, describing the process and pitfalls to the current procedures under the California Education Code.

Also, Larry Mantle’s AirTalk, on KPCC 89.3, featured Michele in the segment “Can a teacher be fired for being a former porn actor?” Michele and Larry discussed the standards of teacher dismissal actions and “immoral” conduct as a cause for dismissal, specifically in the context of an Oxnard teacher who appeared in an adult film that was obtained by and watched by district students, parents and teachers. To listen to this KPCC program, please go to Larry Mantle’s AirTalk.

Michele has a varied and extensive practice for both private and public clients, focusing on labor and employment matters. She litigates employment matters in both State and Federal Court. She also represents public agencies, including school districts, in certificated and classified personnel appeal hearings, before hearing officers and at the Office of Administrative Hearings. Many clients look to her to represent their interests in labor negotiations.

Bergman Dacey Goldsmith is a full service law firm founded in 1983 on the premise that serving our clients’ needs is paramount. We provide personalized and cost-effective service to multiple California public entities and school districts, Fortune 500 corporations, and individual clients. Our unique attention to our clients distinguishes Bergman Dacey Goldsmith from other law firms. We have earned our reputation as a “no surprises” law firm.

For further information regarding Michele, our firm, and what we can do to help you through the teacher dismissal process, please visit our website at or contact us at any time.

  Dismissing a Teacher is Not Easy – the Process School Districts Must Follow

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