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, an FAQ on what happens next, and key facts and statistics from the compelling evidence presented at trial.

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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"The evaluation of new teachers is neither rigorous nor helpful to teachers" #Vergara is working to change that http://t.co/18RgKg1tGw

The evaluation effort should be "aimed at improving teaching, not rating teachers." via @journalsentinel http://t.co/pUKlPjN3dT

RT @Part4EduJustice: Moments ago @Part4EduJustice announced their NYS lawsuit for great teachers for ALL kids #edjustice #WrightVny

 
June 10, 2014: Victory for students!

Vergara v. California Trial 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. Visit the Students Matter Victory page for the best quotes from Judge Treu's ruling, an FAQ on what happens next, and key facts and statistics from the compelling evidence presented at trial.

Court's Decision

"Plaintiffs met their burden of proof on all issues presented...All Challenged Statutes are found unconstitutional..."
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Victory

Read the best quotes from Judge Treu's ruling, an FAQ on what happens next, and key facts and statistics from the compelling evidence presented at trial.
Victory

Vergara Trial by the Numbers

View key facts and statistics from the Vergara v. California trial, including information about Plaintiffs’ witnesses, the long-term impact of ineffective teachers and the harm caused by the Challenged Statutes.
Trial by the Numbers

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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