In new report, California gets ‘D’ in supporting teacher effectiveness
A new report from the National Council on Teacher Quality (NCTQ) finds that not only is California behind most other states and the nation on enacting policies that support effective teaching, but it has also slipped from its already low position of a few years ago. The 2015 State Teacher Policy Yearbook report, released today, gives California...
By Craig Clough | December 8, 2015
Vergara plaintiffs conclude case, with two views on laws’ impact
Plaintiffs called their final witnesses in Vergara v California today, putting on the stand two experts who offered testimony designed to show negative consequences of the state statutes under challenge. It’s a case that could overhaul major parts of state laws that govern teacher dismissal and tenure opportunities. Frank Fekete, a lawyer from Redondo Beach...
By Mark Harris | February 19, 2014
Vergara witness says schools can deal with teacher ineffectiveness
Plaintiffs in the lawsuit challenging state laws that govern teacher employment put their case on pause today, allowing the defense team to call one of its key experts to the witness stand. But it turned out far more challenging than Dr. Susan Moore Johnson, a respected Harvard professor, and the former dean of the Harvard...
By Mark Harris | February 18, 2014
Vergara trial turns another focus onto LA Unified teachers
A Harvard professor of education and economics provided the Vergara plaintiffs powerful testimony today when he told the court that schools in the Los Angeles Unified School District have ineffective teachers and a disproportionate number of them are assigned to minority and low income students. The opinions of Thomas Kane went to the heart of the...
By Mark Harris | February 6, 2014
Vergara trial set to begin: major test for CA teachers
A lawsuit that could dramatically change how California public schools deal with ineffective teachers gets underway Monday in a California Superior Court for Los Angeles County, where LA Unified Superintendent John Deasy is expected to be the first witness to testify. The suit, Vergara v California, has been brought by students who are challenging state...
By Michael Janofsky | January 24, 2014