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Tue Aug 23, 2016, 03:30 PM

California Supreme Court won't hear case attacking teachers


The California Supreme Court refused Monday to hear a suit against the state’s teacher tenure laws, leaving the laws in place after a long-running legal battle. The lawsuit’s wealthy backers say they’ll take their efforts to the legislature next, trying to pass a law denying teachers due process.

The Vergara plaintiffs claimed that teacher tenure protects bad teachers, disproportionately harming poor and minority students. This argument convinced a Los Angeles Superior Court judge, but was overturned by an appeals court—and no wonder, since none of the named plaintiffs had one of the “grossly ineffective” teachers supposedly protected by tenure, and several of the plaintiffs attended schools that don’t have teacher tenure to begin with. Not to mention that one of the terrible awful teachers cited in the lawsuit had been Pasadena teacher of the year. “As the expert evidence clearly showed—and the Court of Appeal carefully reasoned,” said American Federation of Teachers president Randi Weingarten in a statement, “it was the discretionary decisions of some administrators, rather than the statutes themselves, that contributed to the problems cited by the plaintiffs.”


What’s more, in stark contrast to all the claims that tenure laws make teachers radically less likely to be fired, the author of a recent study on the effects of teachers unions says that:

By demanding higher salaries for teachers, unions give school districts a strong incentive to dismiss ineffective teachers before they get tenure. Highly unionized districts dismiss more bad teachers because it costs more to keep them. Using three different kinds of survey data from the National Center for Education Statistics, I confirmed that unionized districts dismiss more low-quality teachers than those with weak unions or no unions.

edit, background to the case: http://www.democraticunderground.com/11248517

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Tue Aug 23, 2016, 04:49 PM

2. We have a sizable teacher shortage here too.

There won't be anyone left who wants to teach at this rate.

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