The state's two largest teachers unions joined the case as defendants through a Motion to Intervene, granted by the Los Angeles Superior Court on May 2, 2013.
Letting Our Teachers Flourish
â€śThere is no system in the world thatâ€™s better than its teachers.â€ť When educators are nourished with a sense of possibility, a culture of high expectations and opportunities for innovation, schools will flourish. Thatâ€™s one of the main takeaways from this must-watch talk by Ken Robinson that was presented at the TED Talks Education summit earlier this month.
According to a survey from the Public Policy Institute of California, 82% of respondents are concerned that schools in lower-income areas have a shortage of good teachers compared to schools in wealthier areas.
About Students MatterApril 18, 2012 04:47 PM
Students Matter is a national non-profit organization dedicated to sponsoring impact litigation to promote access to quality public education.
We believe in the power of a good teacher. Research shows that quality teachers make the differenceâ€”not only in studentsâ€™ academic performance but also in lifetime achievement. Having equal access to quality education means having equal access to quality teachers.
Yet, current laws force administrators to knowingly place grossly ineffective teachers in front of students each year. An ineffective teacher in any classroom creates an arbitrary, unjustifiable and unconstitutional inequality among students that we cannot allow to exist.
Vergara v. California, the first case sponsored by Students Matter, seeks to strike down the outdated and harmful state laws keeping ineffective teachers in schools, repelling great teachers from the profession and jeopardizing the future of our students.