Southland Lawmaker: ‘Strip’ Pensions From Teachers Accused Of Lewd Conduct

LOS ANGELES (CBS) — A state lawmaker said Tuesday he wants to take a closer look at how pensions and other benefits are paid to teachers in the wake of misconduct charges by teachers at a Southland elementary school.

KNX 1070’s Jon Baird reports there are lingering questions over exactly what measure can be taken by lawmakers when a public employee is under criminal investigation.

State Senator Kevin DeLeon (D-Los Angeles) said the turmoil surrounding the arrests of two teachers at Miramonte Elementary School have brought renewed criticism of the state’s retirement plan.

“We’re looking at it to see if we, in fact, by law strip them of their pension,” DeLeon said.

DeLeon also said he and his staff plan to consult with officials from CalPERS and other pension experts to determine what steps can be taken.

His announcement came as LAUSD Superintendent John Deasy announced the entire staff at Miramonte will be reshuffled and reassigned while officials continue their investigation into allegations of lewd conduct at the school.

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