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Debate over teacher evaluations rages on in Sacramento

LA School Report | April 20, 2015

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By Maureen Magee | U-T San Diego

With teacher employment rules high on the public agenda, a flurry of new bills has been introduced to the Legislature that would change how California educators are hired, fired and evaluated — even as a landmark legal dispute on the matter hangs in the balance.

Gov. Jerry Brown appealed last year’s ruling by Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Rolf Treu that California’s protocols for teacher tenure and dismissal are unconstitutional, robbing students of their right to a decent education by keeping ineffective educators in classrooms.

Teacher unions and Democratic state officials objected to Vergara v. California ruling, arguing it was flawed, vague and that districts can manage teacher quality under existing law.

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