State supreme court could decide today whether to take up Vergara teacher tenure case
The California Supreme Court’s decision on whether to take up Vergara v. California, a landmark ruling that challenged teacher tenure and declared some school employment laws unconstitutional, could come as early as this afternoon. Today is the court’s last scheduled conference before the Monday deadline to say whether it will review an appellate court’s ruling in the...
By Sarah Favot | August 17, 2016
As California Supreme Court mulls Vergara appeal, a case on teacher evaluations will be heard this week
As the California Supreme Court considers whether to take up an appeal of an appellate court ruling in Vergara v. California, which has been extended to Aug. 22, the advocacy group that brought the landmark case will be in a Northern California courtroom Friday for a hearing on a case involving teacher evaluations. Last year Students...
By Sarah Favot | July 26, 2016
Just in: Vergara appeal filed to California Supreme Court
Attorneys representing the students in Vergara v. California filed a petition Tuesday to take the case to the California Supreme Court. Last month the Court of Appeal overturned a Los Angeles Supreme Court ruling in the case, which challenges teacher tenure, layoff laws and dismissal policies. “The Court of Appeal flatly got it wrong,” said Josh Lipshutz, one...
By Mike Szymanski | May 24, 2016
Court hears oral arguments for Vergara appeals Thursday
Arguments in one of the most important lawsuits involving public education will be heard Thursday morning in the state Court of Appeals in Los Angeles. The case of Vergara v. California seeks to overturn five laws involving teacher tenure, dismissals and the last-in, first-out layoff policies. The case was brought on behalf of nine students in five...
By Mike Szymanski | February 24, 2016
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It seems fitting. In life, Antonin Scalia was perhaps the most influential and controversial jurist of the modern era. While his admirers cherished his powerful mind and his detractors considered him a bully or worse, virtually no one denied his impact over three decades on the United States Supreme Court. It therefore seems somehow appropriate that...
By Dmitri Mehlhorn | February 16, 2016
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...
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