Monday, July 7, 2014

New York Lawsuit Alleging Teacher Tenure Laws Violate Student Rights Filed

The New York lawsuit pitting students rights against teachers, based on the same theory as Vergara in California, has been filed.  The plaintiffs claim that N.Y.'s current tenure laws "violate the State Constitution's guarantee of a 'sound basic education' by making it difficult to fire bad teachers and by protecting the most veteran teachers in the event of layoffs, regardless of their quality."  Both this case and the recent decision in California are monumental and the road ahead is far from certain.  As Michael Rebell remarks, "[i]t is basically unprecedented for a court to get into the weeds of a controversial education policy matter like this."  The New York Times article on the case is here.

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