Vergara v. California Deposition Highlights

Finding of Fact

A civil rights case at its core, Vergara v. California challenges five statutes of the education code that trap all of California’s public school students and teachers in an environment hostile to teaching and learning. By pushing great teachers out of the school system and keeping extremely ineffective teachers in front of students year after year, these laws violate California children’s fundamental, Constitutional right to equality of education.

Below is a video capturing highlights from the depositions of superintendents and human resource officials who have first-hand experience with the catastrophic impact California’s permanent employment, dismissal and “last-in, first-out” layoff laws have on our children, our teachers and our schools.

The video features:

  • John Deasy, Superintendent of Los Angeles Unified School District
  • Tony Smith, Former Superintendent of Oakland Unified School District
  • Lynda Nichols, representing the California Department of Education, the State Board of Education, and the Office of the State Superintendent of Public Instruction
  • Brigitte Marshall, Associate Superintendent for Human Resources for Oakland Unified School District
  • Jane Robb, representing the California Teachers Association and the California Federation of Teachers
  • Troy Christmas, Director of Labor Strategy for Oakland Unified School District
  • Vivian Ekchian, Chief Human Resources Officer for Los Angeles Unified School District
  • Justo Avila, Deputy Chief Human Resources Office for Los Angeles Unified School District

In the video, deponents discuss the importance of teachers to quality education; the impact of the current permanent employment, dismissal, and “last-in, first-out” layoff laws on students, especially students living in poverty; and the future of California if the laws Vergara v. California challenges remain in effect.