Watch the first day of trial unfold through the eyes of the Vergara v. California plaintiffs.
Jonathan Raymond Testifies About “Last-In, First-Out” Layoffs
The former Superintendent of Sacramento City Unified gives emotional testimony about the impact of LIFO on his own son's education.
California Kids Go to Court to Demand a Good Education
Read Plaintiffs' attorney Theodore J. Boutrous' op-ed in the Wall Street Journal.
Vergara v. California Case Status
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.