Report urges moderation on issues raised in Vergara ruling
Few topics in California education are as polarizing as the Vergara case, one of the most prominent battlegrounds for the reform vs. status quo wars. The ruling by a California Superior Court Judge last year wiped out job protection laws for teachers when it comes to layoffs, tenure and dismissals, but a new report and...
By Craig Clough | May 28, 2015
Group behind Vergara case says website was hacked
The non-profit group behind the Vergara lawsuit, Students Matter, said its website was hacked over the weekend to display “vulgar and disgusting language.” The website as of this afternoon displayed the message, “We are temporarily Under Construction.” Students Matter sent out information about the hack in its regular newsletter Monday. The statement read: Over the weekend,...
By Craig Clough | May 11, 2015
Students Matter goes on offensive against ‘anti-Vergara’ bills
The non-profit group behind the Vergara lawsuit, Students Matter, went on the offensive today against three bills introduced recently in the California legislature that the group says are “anti-Vergara” as well as unconstitutional. The bills, AB 753, AB 575, and SB 499, all work in direct opposition to the landmark Vergara v. California decision, Ben Austin, who leads policy development and advocacy...
By Craig Clough | April 22, 2015
Appeals in Vergara case due before judges at end of March
The Vergara case is moving back into public view with appeal briefs from the defendants, who lost, due before a three-judge panel on March 30. Once the papers from the state and the two teachers unions, California Federation of Teachers and California Teachers Association, have been filed, lawyers for the plaintiffs have 40 days to...
By LA School Report | March 16, 2015
Deasy, Austin join Vergara suit sponsor, Students Matter
The non-profit behind the Vergara lawsuit, Students Matter, is adding two former LA Unified lightning rods to their ranks. Ex-Superintendent John Deasy and founder of Parent Revolution, Ben Austin, are joining the advocacy group. Students Matter successfully sued the state of California and its public school teachers unions, overturning five laws governing tenure, seniority and...
By Vanessa Romo | January 15, 2015
Survey: Teachers support changes in state job protection laws
The majority of public school teachers who participated in a new survey support changes in state teacher job protection laws that were the focus of last year’s landmark ruling in Vergara v. California. The findings were somewhat of a surprise in that the poll, conducted by Goodwin Simon Strategic Research for Teach Plus, a national nonprofit that...
By Craig Clough | January 12, 2015
A turbulent year in LA Unified: Our top 11 stories of 2014
The year 2014 was not a banner one in the history of the Los Angeles Unified School District. While there was positive news – in particular continued improvement in student achievement – the district often found itself the subject of increasingly negative headlines. Here, in no particular order, are the top stories about LA Unified...
By Craig Clough | December 18, 2014
UTLA, AFT demand apology for ‘misleading’ Time magazine cover
Time magazine is in hot water with United Teachers Los Angeles (UTLA) and other teacher unions over what they say is an unfair and misleading cover. On its Facebook page, UTLA posted a link to the American Federation of Teachers (AFT) online petition that calls for Time to “apologize to America’s teachers for the misleading and...
By Craig Clough | October 27, 2014
LA teachers group offers solutions for a post-Vergara world
While state teacher unions are spending time, energy and money fighting the landmark Vergara v. California ruling through appeal, one group of teachers in Los Angeles is helping shape what a post-Vergara world could look like. In a presentation yesterday at the California Community Foundation, former Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa joined L.A.-based teaching policy fellows with...
By Craig Clough | September 19, 2014
Commentary: Vergara could be a win-win for students and teachers
Via EdWeek | by Carl Finer As a veteran urban educator and career union member, I care deeply about both my students and building the systems to ensure that all students and teachers have what they need to be successful. In the legal precedent laid out in the controversial Vergara decision relating to teacher tenure...
By LA School Report | September 8, 2014