Skip to comments.Key teacher job protections violate California's constitution, judge rules
Posted on 06/10/2014 1:40:43 PM PDT by afraidfortherepublic
Los Angeles Superior Court judge ruled Tuesday that key job protections for teachers in California are unconstitutional, in a major loss for unions..
The verdict represents a complete victory by attorneys who argued that state laws governing teacher layoffs, tenure and dismissals harm students by making them more likely to suffer from grossly ineffective instruction.
If the preliminary ruling becomes final and is upheld, the effect will be sweeping across California and possibly the nation.
"The law was on our side and the evidence was overwhelming, said Marcellus McRae, an attorney for the plaintiffs. "Whatever happens, we cant go backward. The time of defending the status quo and business as usual -- those days are over. We have to re-create a system that focuses on placing childrens interests at the forefront.
Judge Rolf M. Treu ruled, in effect, that it was too easy for teachers to gain strong job protections and too difficult to dismiss those who performed poorly in the classroom. If the ruling stands, California will have to craft new rules for hiring and firing teachers.
During a two-month trial in the case, Vergara vs. California, both sides asserted that the interests of students were at stake.
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Let them pick between union representation or civil service protections. Not both.
Such common sense is all to uncommon from the bench.
Yeah, if they want a job where they are shielded from the repercussions of their own incompetence, they need to do what everyone else has to. Get a job in the sanitation department or the police force.