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Vergara v. California Case Status - Students Matter
The New York Times Editorial

The Vergara v. California “ruling opens a new chapter in the equal education struggle. It also underscores a shameful problem that has cast a long shadow over the lives of children, not just in California but in the rest of the country as well.”

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Vergara Plaintiffs Deliver Riveting Closing Arguments

Watch Plaintiffs' riveting closing arguments on the final day of the Vergara v. California trial.

Oakland Alliance of Black Educators Endorses Vergara

"We believe the spirit of dedication and making children the priority, as exhibited by educators like Marcus Foster, are necessary ingredients to effectively steward our most precious resource – children."

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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

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 on June 10, 2014, 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, an FAQ on what happens next, and key facts and statistics from the compelling evidence presented at trial.

Our multimedia Vergara v. California Trial Tracker showcases courtroom videos and quotes from lay and expert witnesses’ testimony from each day of the historic trial.

Vergara v. California sustained several major legal victories leading up to Plaintiffs’ historic victory, including overcoming five attempts by the Defense to avoid and delay a ruling on the merits of the case.

View the entire case timeline.

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 “allege[d] facts that the Challenged Statutes are unconstitutional on their face or as applied,” 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.

The trial for Vergara v. California began on January 27, 2014. When Plaintiffs’ rested their case, the State Defendants and the teachers unions filed motions for judgment with the Court in an effort to end the trial immediately and avoid a ruling on the merits of the case. The Court denied the motions for judgment, and trial proceeded.

The Vergara v. California trial concluded on March 27, 2014, with closing arguments from all parties. View Plaintiffs’ closing arguments presentation, which sums up what’s at issue and what’s at stake in the historic education equality case.

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