Gov. Jerry Brown has signed legislation making it easier to fire abusive teachers after a court struck down California's teacher tenure laws earlier this month.
The bill succeeded after several failed attempts in recent years to overhaul the statutes governing teacher dismissals.
The bill was signed Wednesday and takes effect Jan. 1. It marks a compromise between teachers unions and some education-reform groups. It creates a separate, expedited firing process for teachers accused of sexually abusing students and certain drug crimes.
It also accelerates the appeals process for all dismissals.
The bill was inspired partly by the case of a Los Angeles elementary school teacher who was charged with spoon-feeding semen to his students and other lewd acts before pleading no contest to 23 counts.
School administrators say the bill doesn't do enough to protect students.