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Doe v. Antioch: The Court Got It Wrong

On Monday, the California Superior Court of Contra Costa County issued a flawed decision in Doe v. Antioch in favor of the school district defendants and against the petitioners — a group of California teachers, parents and concerned citizens seeking to compel 13 school districts to comply with the state’s […continue]

Marriage Equality Paves the Way for Right to a Quality Public Education

This week, ThinkProgress’ Ian Millhiser explored a connection between marriage equality and quality public education in an in-depth look at the constitutional theory behind the groundbreaking new federal education equality lawsuit Martinez v. Malloy. He interviewed Joshua S. Lipshutz, a lead attorney for the plaintiffs in Martinez, a case filed in federal district court challenging state anti-opportunity […continue]

A Constitutional Right to Education

This week, The Wall Street Journal published an op-ed by Theodore J. Boutrous, Jr. and Joshua S. Lipshutz, two lead members of the legal team behind Vergara v. California and the new federal education equality lawsuit, Martinez v. Malloy, in which the attorneys make the case for a constitutional right to education and federal […continue]

The Fight for Quality Public Schools

Following last week’s filing of Martinez v. Malloy by a group of students and parents in Connecticut, the groundbreaking new federal education equality lawsuit has earned continued local and national media coverage. The case challenges the constitutionality of anti-opportunity laws in Connecticut that restrict the availability of quality public schools options, such as […continue]

New Federal Education Lawsuit: Quality Public Schools for All

A group of Connecticut students and their parents, with Students Matter’s support, have filed a new education equality lawsuit, Martinez v. Malloy, in federal court. This new groundbreaking case challenges a set of state laws and policies that actively prevent students from accessing even minimally acceptable public school options. Despite the […continue]

Vergara v. California: Forward, not back.

The California Supreme Court has unfortunately announced that they will not review the groundbreaking education equality lawsuit, Vergara v. California, denying the nine brave student plaintiffs their day in front of the state’s highest court. Notably, however, three of the seven Justices — Justices Liu and Cuéllar (appointed by Governor […continue]

Will the California Supreme Court Review the Vergara Appeal?

As reported in LA School Report and POLITICO Morning Education, the California Supreme Court is expected to issue an order by Monday, August 22 on the petition for review filed by Plaintiffs in the landmark education equality case, Vergara v. California. The Plaintiffs, a group of nine California public school students, asked the state […continue]

Will California Ensure School Accountability under ESSA?

Last week, EdSource’s John Fensterwald reported that California’s top two education officials, State Board of Education President Michael Kirst and State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson, submitted a letter to the U.S. Department of Education outlining their complaints with new federal regulations proposed under the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). The officials […continue]

The Fight for Meaningful Teacher Evaluations

On Friday, the Students Matter-sponsored teacher evaluation lawsuit Doe v. Antioch was heard by the California Superior Court of Contra Costa County. Bay Area News Group’s Joyce Tsai reported in the Mercury News on the hearing, in which the Petitioners — a group of California teachers, parents and concerned taxpayers — asked Judge Barry […continue]

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