Leave it to the California Teachers Union to defeat a bill to protect schoolchildren from teachers who are sexual predators. After the recent arrest of Mark Berndt for feeding his students cookies laced with his own semen, State Senator Alex Padilla, a Democrat, submitted a bill to make it easier to fire such teachers. It passed the Senate in Sacramento, but when it went to the Assembly, the CTA put pressure on the Democrats. Only one Democrat on the committee voted for it. Thus, it failed.
This is an illustration of the problem we face. As we speak, the LAUSD, one of the worst school districts in the nation, has numerous teachers who have had to be pulled from the classroom. Firing them is akin to getting a death row inmate executed in California. Meanwhile, these duds report to a building downtown and spend their days surfing the web or reading while getting paid until the city can figure out what to do with them. (Berndt resigned.)
Way to go CTA! Keep protecting those molesters.