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.


Is Sac sleeping in class? Electeds trying to pass bill EXPANDING an unconstitutional law #Vergara #WakeUpSacramento http://t.co/TBqtBBevRw

"Our children... deserve those of us to stand up for them and to fight to make sure this happens.” @DrShirleyWeber https://t.co/NyAgxJvUEw

.@DrShirleyWeber isn't afraid to challenge the status quo & fight for quality education for Californians #KidsFirst http://t.co/0QGYZyGCWO