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Lawsuit challenges teacher tenure

Posted: Monday, Jan 27th, 2014

LOS ANGELES — Opening arguments began Monday in Los Angeles County Superior Court for a lawsuit that could make it easier for schools to fire teachers.

The lawsuit, Vergara v. California, was filed in May 2012 on behalf of nine public school students from across California, who say the current system violates the U.S. Constitution guaranteeing a good education.

The trial is expected to last several weeks.

The plaintiffs, a group called “Students Matter,” say that California law currently protects teachers and leaves students, particularly those in low-income schools, stuck with ineffectual teachers.

Proponents say that ineffectual teachers are nearly impossible to fire. They want to change aspects of current laws which, among other things, focus on seniority and require schools to fire newer teachers first without regard for skill.

For the complete article see the 01-28-2014 issue.

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