Calif. students’ attorney calls court’s ‘teach tenure’ decision unfair
An attorney representing students in the landmark ‘teacher tenure’ legal dispute called California appeals court’s decision upholding job protections for teachers unfair, and pledged to appeal the decision in the state’s apex court.
A three-judge panel of California’s Second Appellate District Court on Thursday dealt a blow to education reform groups by overturning a lower court’s decision that the Golden State’s job protections for teachers deprive poor and minority students of quality education and breach their civil rights.
Students Matter, the group behind the lawsuit, pledged to appeal to the California Supreme Court.
Calling the decision unfair, student plaintiffs’ attorney Theodore Boutrous Jr., said, “We think we will win the final round because we are on the right side of this case and of history.”
On the other hand, the California Teachers Association’s Frank Wells welcomed the decision and expressed hope that the state’s Supreme Court would likely not consider the unsatisfied plaintiff’s appeal.
In 2014, a Los Angeles Superior Court judge ruled that teacher tenure protections violated poor and minority students’ rights. Then-U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan welcomed that calling it a “mandate” to fix problems. But the appeals court overturned the decision, saying the lower court went too far in deciding those rules breached the state’s constitution.
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