California students file suit aimed at tenure law

January 27, 2014 • National News

Dr. John E. Deasy, the Superintendent of the Los Angeles Unified School District testifies Monday Jan. 27, 2014, in the Superior Court of Los Angeles County on the opening day of Vergara v. The State of California. The lawsuit was filed in May 2012 on behalf of nine public school students from across California over teacher tenure laws. (AP Photo/Monica Almeida, Pool)

LOS ANGELES (AP) — In a packed courtroom, attorneys unveiled opposing views Monday on the emotionally divisive issue of whether California public school teachers should be protected from dismissal if they are found to be grossly ineffective in their jobs.

The opening volleys in what’s expected be a monthlong trial came from lawyers for nine students seeking to abolish teacher tenure and seniority, and from attorneys for the governor, state education department and teacher unions who say such extreme measures are not needed.

“The evidence will show that the impact of an effective teacher is profound and undeniable,” attorney Theodore Boutrous Jr. said. “This is the gateway to their success in society.”

He said he will present experts and studies showing that achievements in later life can be measured by interactions with Login to read more

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