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Will California Legislature Act on Vergara?

Today, on the three-year anniversary of the first day of the Vergara v. California trial, student plaintiff Daniella Martinez urges the legislature to take action on the issues raised by the case to ensure that all students have access to the great teachers they deserve. This push for the California Legislature […continue]

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]

New Lawsuit Challenges “Last In, First Out” Teacher Layoff Statutes

On Tuesday, a group of Newark families, supported by the nonprofit organization Partnership for Educational Justice, filed HG v. Harrington, a lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of New Jersey’s “last in, first out” (LIFO) quality-blind teacher layoff statutes. The lawsuit asserts that New Jersey’s LIFO law violates students’ constitutional right to […continue]

A Constitutional Right to Education

This week, The Wall Street Journal published an op-ed by Theodore J. Boutrous, Jr. and Joshua S. Lipshutz, two lead members of the legal team behind Vergara v. California and the new federal education equality lawsuit, Martinez v. Malloy, in which the attorneys make the case for a constitutional right to education and federal […continue]

Vergara v. California: Forward, not back.

The California Supreme Court has unfortunately announced that they will not review the groundbreaking education equality lawsuit, Vergara v. California, denying the nine brave student plaintiffs their day in front of the state’s highest court. Notably, however, three of the seven Justices — Justices Liu and Cuéllar (appointed by Governor […continue]

Will the California Supreme Court Review the Vergara Appeal?

As reported in LA School Report and POLITICO Morning Education, the California Supreme Court is expected to issue an order by Monday, August 22 on the petition for review filed by Plaintiffs in the landmark education equality case, Vergara v. California. The Plaintiffs, a group of nine California public school students, asked the state […continue]

Teacher Quality Drives Great Schools

This week, The 74’s Matt Barnum looks at the national push to improve teacher quality — specifically , the Obama administration’s call for states to “evaluate individual teachers and tie those evaluations to pay, tenure, promotion and dismissal decisions.” As President Obama has previously explained, “[The] single most important factor in the classroom is […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]

Sacramento Bee: Supreme Court Should Hear Vergara Appeal After AB 934

On Wednesday, the California Senate Education Committee rejected Assemblymember Susan Bonilla’s AB 934 in a 5-2 bipartisan vote, with two committee members not voting. The bill was originally introduced to address the state’s broken teacher employment laws at issue in the Vergara appeal, but would have failed to do so after amendments […continue]

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