The prohibition against Communism isn't there.
OK, I know it used to be there, or at least somewhere. Turns out, I blogged about Section 44932 back in 2006--and sure enough, the prohibition was there in 2006:
I found a few sections of California Education Code that address this topic:These sections have now been amended in such a way that a teacher can be a communist but cannot violate Section 51530, which states that teachers cannot "advocate or teach communism with the intent to indoctrinate or to inculcate in the mind of any pupil a preference for communism." These changes appear to be over a year old:
Section 44932. (a) No permanent employee shall be dismissed except for one or more of the following causes:
(10) Knowing membership by the employee in the Communist Party.
Section 44939. Upon the filing of written charges, duly signed and verified by the person filing them with the governing board of a school district, or upon a written statement of charges formulated by the governing board, charging a permanent employee of the district with ...knowing membership in the Communist Party...the governing board may, if it deems such action necessary, immediately suspend the employee from his duties....
(Amended by Stats. 2015, Ch. 303, Sec. 86. Effective January 1, 2016.)I wrote back in 2008 that the change may be coming; apparently, it came. Is the law inconsistent, in that Section 1028 of the Government Code still states:
ARTICLE 2. Disqualifications for Office or Employment [1020 - 1043]( Article 2 enacted by Stats. 1943, Ch. 134. )
1028.It shall be sufficient cause for the dismissal of any public employee when such public employee advocates or is knowingly a member of the Communist Party or of an organization which during the time of his membership he knows advocates overthrow of the Government of the United States or of any state by force or violence.
Oddly enough, Ed Code still prohibits classified employees, both in K-12 and community colleges, from being members of the Communist Party. Section 38136 still forbids schools from allowing the Communist Party from using their facilities.