Commentary: In the fine print of the Vergara ruling, 3 key arguments that might sway CA’s Supreme Court
On Thursday, a three-judge Court of Appeal overturned a trial court’s decision in the case of Vergara v. California, upholding the state’s existing education laws in a ruling of significance for millions of public school students in the state and across the country. (Read more about the sharply divided reactions after the ruling). The real implications of Thursday’s decision, however,...
By Dmitri Mehlhorn | April 19, 2016 2:43 pm
Commentary: Standing with Beatriz against Vergara
Just over a year ago, I won re-election to the Los Angeles Unified School District board. It was an unlikely victory in what may have been the most expensive school board race in U. S. history. The wealthiest of self-styled reformers – Eli Broad, Reed Hastings, Michael Bloomberg and Michelle Rhee’s followers – put in over $4-million...
By Steve Zimmer | March 28, 2014 9:00 am
Vergara sisters recall teachers who inspired them to join lawsuit
Beatriz and Elizabeth Vergara, sisters at the center of a state lawsuit in their name, Vergara vs. California, took the witness stand today, describing chaotic classrooms with inattentive and hurtful teachers in their middle school. The sisters, who now attend high school at Cesar Chavez Learning Academies, an LA Unified school in San Fernando, are...
By Mark Harris | February 11, 2014 6:01 pm
Beatriz Vergara expected to testify in teacher trial, maybe today
After two weeks of testimony from school administrators and education experts, lawyers in the Vergara v California trial are planning to call their first plaintiffs to the stand this week, including Beatriz Vergara. Vergara and eight other students and their families are challenging state laws they say keep ineffective teachers employed, thus eroding the promise...
By LA School Report | February 10, 2014 8:57 am