About Students Matter

Students Matter is a national non-profit organization dedicated to sponsoring impact litigation to promote access to quality public education.

With the help of Students Matter, nine California public school children filed the statewide lawsuit Vergara v. California against the State of California in May 2012 to strike down the laws handcuffing schools from doing what’s best for kids when it comes to teachers. Meet the Plaintiffs.

The Court’s historic decision in Vergara v. California reaffirmed the fundamental, Constitutional right of every student to learn from effective teachers and have an equal opportunity to succeed in school. Visit the Students Matter Victory page for the best quotes from Judge Treu’s ruling and key facts and statistics from the compelling evidence presented at trial. View Plaintiffs’ Closing Arguments Presentation for a robust and downloadable visual summary of Plaintiffs’ groundbreaking case.

We believe Californians shouldn’t have to choose: we can create an education system that gives every child a passionate, motivating and effective teacher and gives effective teachers the respect and rewarding careers they deserve.

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Aug. 28, 2014: Vergara Ruling Made Final!

Students Matter Case Tracker

The Court's historic decision in Vergara v. California reaffirmed the fundamental, Constitutional right of every student to learn from effective teachers and have an equal opportunity to succeed in school. We know we don't have to choose: We can create an education system that gives every child a motivating and effective teacher and gives effective teachers the respect and rewarding careers they deserve.

Laurence Tribe Joins Students Matter

Renowned constitutional law scholar Laurence Tribe: "My own life was shaped by the guidance of inspiring, dedicated teachers who helped me realize my potential. Every student deserves teachers like that."
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Vergara v. California Final Ruling

Read the best quotes from Judge Treu's historic ruling and an outline of Plaintiffs' arguments with newly available evidence from trial.
Victory

Summary of the Vergara Plaintiffs' Case

Plaintiffs' Closing Arguments PowerPoint provides a comprehensive, visual and downloadable summary of the main arguments and evidence that made up the Vergara Plaintiffs' compelling case.
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New Poll Results

A USC Rossier/PACE poll indicates a strong majority of California voters agree with Judge Treu's decision in Vergara striking down the state's tenure, dismissal and "last in, first out" layoff laws.
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