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JUST IN: Judge denies request to toss ‘bad teacher’ suit

LA School Report | December 12, 2013

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students_matterLA Superior Court Judge Rolf Treu today denied a request to dismiss a lawsuit from students, seeking to strike down state regulations that they contend make it difficult for school districts to fire ineffective teachers

In his ruling, Judge Treu said he found “sufficient evidence” to clear the way for a trial, which is schedule to begin next month.

The lawsuit, known colloquially as the “Bad Teacher” lawsuit, has been brought by Students Matter on behalf of nine California students and seeks to strike down five state statutes that they say deprive students of equal access to quality education by protecting ineffective teachers.

Lawyers for the defendants – the state, three school districts and the state’s two major teacher unions — had argued before Judge Treu that he should reject those claims and dismiss the case.

This is the third time that the defendants sought a dismissal without a trial and the second time Judge Treu turned them back. An appeals court rejected the earlier efforts.

A hearing tomorrow morning will now focus on whether the court will adopt this tentative ruling as final or modify it.

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