Plaintiffs’ Perspective

Watch the first day of trial unfold through the eyes of the Vergara v. California plaintiffs.

Rep. Kristin Olsen: “I’m cheering on this case”

"If these nine courageous kids are victorious and these outdated, unfair laws are overturned, we will have a golden opportunity to reset the conversation in California about our schools and how to achieve top-ranking status once again."

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Gloria Romero Debates the Case

Former State Senate Majority Leader Gloria Romero debates Vergara v. California with a representative from the California Teachers Association on PBS' SoCal Insider.


Vergara v. California Case Status

Vergara v. California Case Status

Students Matter founder Dave Welch, co-lead attorney Theodore J. Boutrous, and Students Matter supporters after the November 9 hearing

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

The entire trial will take place at the Stanley Mosk Courthouse in downtown Los Angeles (111 N. Hill St., Los Angeles, CA 90012) on the 5th floor, in Department 58 (Room 516).

Nearly two years since filing the case, we’ve already sustained several major legal victories.

On November 9, 2012, the California Superior Court for Los Angeles County rejected motions,¬†filed by the State of California and Alum Rock Union School District,¬†to dismiss the case. In his decision, Judge Rolf M. Treu declared that Plaintiffs sufficiently ‚Äúallege[d] facts that the Challenged Statutes are unconstitutional on their face or as applied,‚ÄĚ giving case the first green light to move forward to trial.

The State appealed the Superior Court’s ruling, but on January 29, 2013, the California Court of Appeal denied the State’s petition, clearing the way for the second time for the case to move forward to trial.

On September 27, 2013, the State of California and the teachers unions served motions for summary judgment on the Plaintiffs in Vergara v. California, asking the Court to make a decision on the case in the state’s and unions’ favor without going to trial. But Plaintiffs presented compelling evidence to the Court demonstrating that the statutes violate the¬†Equal Protection Clause by¬†forcing school districts to keep failing teachers in¬†the¬†classroom year after year, with devastating consequences for the students assigned to their classrooms.

On December 13, 2013, the Court denied the State’s and the teachers unions’ motions for summary judgment, allowing the case to proceed to trial. On December 31, 2014, the State and the teachers unions made a final last-ditch effort to stall and avoid the Vergara v. California education equality trial, but the Court of Appeal denied their petitions.
Starting on January 27, 2014, California’s students and parents will have their day in court and have their voices heard.

View the entire case timeline.