Commentary: Vergara’s dissenting justices write for history
In the long struggle to make the United States more just and perfect, court majorities have made some horrific mistakes. When that happens, the burden falls on dissents to provide hope for the future arc of the moral universe. Such dissents often come from the most distinguished jurists. Benjamin Curtis, for instance, was the first...
By Dmitri Mehlhorn | August 24, 2016 8:30 am
Vergara-inspired lawsuit turns to federal courts
The attorneys involved in Vergara v. California, a landmark case that challenged teacher tenure laws, announced Tuesday they have filed a federal lawsuit in Connecticut challenging that state’s laws that they say restrict school choice options. The lawsuit comes on the heels of the California Supreme Court’s decision Monday to decline to review an appellate court...
By Sarah Favot | August 23, 2016 5:03 pm
Commentary: How to weed out bad-apple teachers? Ask parents
By Lindsay Sturman The epic battle over how to improve public education in California grew more stratified last week when a bill to mildly reform California’s onerous teacher employment laws was gutted beyond recognition and quickly died. With it went the hope that our elected officials would finally decide the question which is at the...
By Guest Contributor | July 6, 2016 10:22 am
Commentary: A promising bill on teacher effectiveness is gutted in backroom deal
By Ben Austin Last month, my organization, Students Matter, issued its support of California’s AB 934 – a state bill that, though imperfect, honestly attempted to address the grave defaults in the state’s teacher tenure, dismissal and layoff laws challenged by the student plaintiffs in Vergara v. California. (A 2014 ruling in that case sided...
By Guest Contributor | June 27, 2016 8:51 am