Teachers Unions File Appeal of Vergara Decision

Published May 7, 2015

The California Federation of Teachers and the California Teachers Association filed an appeal to the landmark Vergara decision on May 1. A local CBS affiliate reports the unions are challenging the ruling for lacking “legal or factual justification.” 

The Vergara v. California case challenged teacher tenure and job protections in the state, particularly the idea of poorly performing teachers often keeping their jobs if they had tenure. A group of nine public school students with the help of a non-profit group called Students Matter brought the lawsuit to the court. A superior court judge ruled on the side of the students on June 10, 2014. The judge ruled on the grounds of the state constitution ensuring quality education for all children, which wasn’t happening because teacher tenure and job protections kept ineffective teachers employed. 

Chris Neal ([email protected]) writes from New York, New York. 

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