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Fri, Jan 31, 2014 -- 9:00 AM

Lawsuit Challenges Teacher Tenure in California


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A student from Oakland High School is part of a lawsuit alleging that ineffective teachers violate students' right to an education.
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A student from Oakland High School is part of a lawsuit alleging that ineffective teachers violate students' right to an education.

Should it be easier for California public schools to fire teachers? A Silicon Valley entrepreneur is spearheading a lawsuit against the state challenging teacher tenure and seniority, which critics say make it harder to remove ineffective instructors. Advocates for teachers say job security and other benefits are essential to lure good teachers into low-paying jobs. We'll get the latest developments on the trial and examine the implications of the case.

Host: Rachael Myrow

Guests:

  • James Finberg, lead attorney in the Vergara lawsuit trial representing California Teachers Association and the California Federation of Teachers
  • John Fensterwald, reporter for EdSource
  • Theodore Boutrous, attorney for the nine student plaintiffs challenging California's teacher tenure rules

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