Students Matter’s proposed Teacher Employment Policy Pillars make recommendations for commonsense changes to the unconstitutional, quality-blind Education Code provisions that currently govern teacher tenure, dismissal, and layoffs in California. The Pillars also address recommendations to address how California can evaluate teacher performance in the classroom, a critical component to ensuring quality teachers are in the classroom. Students Matter’s policy recommendations were developed using the overwhelming evidence presented at trial, through conversations with policy experts, superintendents, teachers and parents on the ground, as well as by surveying the successful teacher employment laws already implemented in other states. Students Matter created the Policy Pillars to demonstrate that equal access to effective teaching—in every school in every zip code in the state—is an achievable goal.
View key facts and statistics from the Vergara v. California trial, including information about Plaintiffs’ witnesses, the long-term impact of ineffective teachers and the harm caused by California’s permanent employment, dismissal and “last-in, first-out” layoff laws.
View a collection of quotes from the testimony of experts, superintendents, human resources officials, students, teachers and principals in the Vergara v. California education equality trial.
Plaintiffs’ closing arguments PowerPoint, presented in court on the last day of the Vergara v. California, sums up what’s at issue and what’s at stake in the historic education equality case.
Research Now conducted a survey of 618 California teachers, principals and superintendents to find out their opinions on teacher effectiveness, tenure, dismissal and “last-in, first-out” layoffs.
Review anticipated arguments from State Defendants and Intervenors in the Vergara v. California education equality trial.
Follow along with Plaintiffs’ opening remarks on the first day of trial.
The leadership of the California Teachers Association has been saying a lot of things about the Vergara v. California education equality lawsuit and the nine kids bringing the case. Here are a few of our responses.
Brief analyses of California case law relevant to Vergara v. California, including Serrano v. Priest (1971), Serrano v. Priest (1976), Butt v. State of California (1992), and Reed v. United Teachers L.A. (2012).