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Defense Witness Testifies About the Harmful Effect of the LIFO Statute on Junior Teachers

State Defendants and Intervenors called two witnesses, Ms. Dawna Marie Watty and Mr. Dylan Mize, to the stand today in the education equality trial, Vergara v. California.

State Defendants and Intervenors called two witnesses, Ms. Dawna Marie Watty and Mr. Dylan Mize, to the stand today in the education equality trial, Vergara v. California. Defendants and Intervenors’ first witness of the day, Ms. Watty, is a fifth grade teacher and a member of the California Teachers Association. Ms. Watty, who taught Plaintiff Brandon DeBose, Jr., testified about her experiences teaching in low-income schools.  Plaintiffs did not cross-examine Ms. Watty.

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Defendants and Intervenors’ second witness of the day, Mr. Mize, is a high school English teacher, who taught Plaintiff Elizabeth Vergara. Mr. Mize testified that he received a layoff notice during his first year of teaching and was forced to fill long-term substitute positions over the next three years as a result.

The Economist also examined California’s tenure, dismissal and layoff laws, interviewing for the article,”Dance of the Lemons,” a junior teacher named Josh who was laid off one year after beginning teaching and who now works for a charter school.