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Teacher Tenure Laws Should Be Addressed by Legislature, CA Supreme Court Chief Justice Says

On Wednesday, the San Francisco Chronicle’s Bob Egelko reported on California Supreme Court Chief Justice Tani Cantil-Sakauye’s remarks on California’s current teacher tenure laws, noting that the issues with the law should be addressed by lawmakers. In a 4-3 decision last August, the California Supreme Court denied review of Vergara v. California, a case that challenged the state’s […continue]

“Rubber Room” Grows in Los Angeles Schools

Yesterday, in an article for California Watchdog, senior education reporter Heather Kays explored Los Angeles Unified School District’s growing “rubber room,” the informal term that describes where educators accused of misconduct or ineffectiveness are placed. According to LA School Report, 181 LAUSD staff members, including teachers, are currently assigned to the “rubber […continue]

Lindsay Sturman: How to Fix Teacher Laws? Ask Parents.

In an LA School Report op-ed this week, Los Angeles education leader Lindsay Sturman looks at the state’s harmful teacher employment laws challenged in the historic Vergara v. California case. In the piece, Sturman expresses her disappointment in the California Legislature’s inability to address the broken laws, citing the failure of Assemblymember Susan Bonilla’s AB […continue]

Evidence Matters

Students Matter. And so does the evidence. Thursday marked an important milestone in the Vergara case: three justices of the California Court of Appeal heard oral argument in the appeal of the groundbreaking case (in case you missed it, check out the unedited audio here). During oral argument, counsel for […continue]

New Report: Vergara Policy Roadmap

A week before the California Court of Appeal hears oral argument in Vergara v. California, the University of San Diego’s Center for Education Policy and Law and San Diego State University’s National Center for Urban School Transformation, released a new report: “Increasing Access to Effective Teachers for All Children in […continue]

SB 10: Putting a Band-Aid on a Broken System

by Students Matter Over the past few months, stories about teachers in California abusing students–yet remaining employed and paid by school districts–have grabbed local headlines. In perhaps the most egregious case, former Los Angeles elementary school teacher Mark Berndt is accused of sexually molesting 23 boys and girls at Miramonte […continue]