After 22 plaintiffs’ witnesses in Vergara, it’s the defendants’ turn
LA School Report | February 20, 2014
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In a trial that began in late January and was supposed to take 20 court days, plaintiffs in Vergara v California used the first 16 to put on their case, as Superior Court Judge Rolf Treu heard from 22 witnesses through yesterday. Testimony from several others became part of the case record through their depositions.
Today, the defense begins its counter-arguments as the trial is now expected to stretch well into March.
Here are the witnesses through whom the plaintiffs tried to show that five state laws governing teacher employment deprive California school children a quality education:
John Deasy, LAUSD Superintendent
Raj Chetty: Harvard Professor of Economics
Larissa Adam: a veteran teacher in Oakland.
Troy Christmas: Director of Labor Relations for the Oakland Unified School District
Jonathan Raymond: former Superintendent of Sacramento City Unified School District
Bhavini Bhakta: elementary school teacher
William Kappenhagen: former principal in a San Francisco high school
Mark Douglas: a 37-year veteran of public education in California
Thomas Kane: education policy researcher
Kareem Weaver: former Oakland teacher and principal
Jonathan Moss: former Teach for America teacher in Compton
Maggie Pulley: public and charter school elementary grades teacher
Jose Macias: father of plaintiff Julia Macias, a middle school student
Brandon DeBose: plaintiff and high school student
Beatriz Vergara: plaintiff and high school student
Elizabeth Vergara: plaintiff and high school student
Raylene Monterroza: plaintiff and high school student
Nicolas Melvoin: former Teach for America teacher in Watts
Dan Goldhaber: a labor and education policy researcher
Arun Ramanathan: policy anaylist, now head of Education Trust-West
Susan Moore Johnson: professor of Education at Harvard*
Sandi Jacobs: state policy director at the National Council on Teacher Quality
Frank Fekete: Education law lawyer
*Defense witness, who testified early to avoid scheduling conflict