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"If these nine courageous kids are victorious and these outdated, unfair laws are overturned, we will have a golden opportunity to reset the conversation in California about our schools and how to achieve top-ranking status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."
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.
Last-In, First-Out Statute
The seniority-based layoff or “Last-In, First-Out” (LIFO) statute reduces teachers to faceless seniority numbers. The LIFO law forces administrators to let go of passionate and motivating newer teachers and keep ineffective teachers instead, just because they have seniority.
Experience is important in any profession, but it’s common sense that experience alone does not guarantee effectiveness. Our education system should reward and encourage passion, hard work and results. We should not be firing our best young teachers and “Teachers of the Year” simply because less effective teachers were given tenure. Teachers, just like other professionals, want their work to be respected and valued. Vergara v. California will create an opportunity to design a new teaching career based on hard work, passion and results, instead of one that protects seniority at all costs.
- According to the National Center for Analysis of Longitudinal Data in Education Research, a project of the Urban Institute and seven premiere universities, there is no reliable correlation between teacher seniority and teacher effectiveness. Read more.
- According to The New Teacher Project, only 13 to 16 percent of the teachers laid off in a seniority-based system would also be cut under a system based on teacher effectiveness. Read more.
- A report from the Center on Reinventing Public Education found that seniority-based layoffs not only â€śexacerbate the number of people that lose their jobs,â€ť but also disproportionately impact poor and minority students. Because schools serving low-income and minority communities have higher numbers of newer teachers, schools in the quartile with the highest percentage of minority students are 60 percent more likely to lose a teacher to layoffs than a school in the quartile with the lowest percentage of minority students. Read more.
- A review of the teacher layoff process in California by the Legislative Analyst Office concluded that seniority-based layoffs lead â€śto lower quality of the overall teacher workforceâ€ť and recommends that â€śthe state explore alternatives that could provide districts with the discretion to do what is in the best interest of their students.â€ť Read more.