Gov. Schwarzenegger has thrown his support behind a lawsuit brought by the American Civil Liberties Union against Los Angeles Unified School District, in addition to endorsing Republican-authored legislation aimed at giving school districts more authority to fire teachers.
According to The LA Independent, Schwarzenegger both announced his condemnation of LAUSD's recent firings, which the ACLU says targeted teachers at schools that serve lower income communities, and introduced legislation that would give more control back to the districts because "it is unacceptable that school districts cannot determine their staffing based on the needs of students."
The legislation has been criticized by the California Teachers Association and other teachers unions. They say it is just a method for removing teachers' rights to a hearing in the event they are fired.
The lawsuit, filed back in February, says that districts like LAUSD need more authority to circumvent procedures like that of seniority-based firing in order to ensure that layoffs aren't adversely affecting certain schools over others. To read more about the lawsuit, check out LA Legal Pad.