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.

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.

It’s common sense: reward and retain passionate, motivating, effective teachers and hold those accountable who are failing our children. By striking down the permanent employment, dismissal and “last-in, first-out” layoff laws, Vergara v. California will create an opportunity for California to embrace a new system that’s good for teachers and students. Because when it comes to educating our kids, there should only be winners.

The 20-day trial for Vergara v. California begins on Monday, January 27, 2014. Learn more.

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Vergara v. California Trial Tracker

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. A statewide lawsuit filed by nine brave kids, Vergara v. California challenges the laws that handcuff schools from giving every student an equal opportunity to learn from effective teachers.

Plaintiffs' Closing Arguments

Watch lead co-counsel Marcellus A. McRae's impassioned presentation of Plaintiffs' closing arguments.
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Through the Eyes of the Plaintiffs

Watch the first day of trial unfold through the eyes of the nine Vergara v. Calfornia plaintiffs.
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Closing Presentation

Follow along with Plaintiffs' closing arguments presentation.
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Trial Tracker

Catch up on what you missed every day during trial, including video and highlights from testimony.
Trial Tracker