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A Los Angeles judge Tuesday struck down teacher tenure and other California laws that offer job security to educators, a decision that is expected to trigger widespread challenges of teacher job protections nationwide.

Plaintiffs in the case argued that California children who are poor receive an inferior education because they are saddled with the weakest teachers, who are entrenched in their jobs and are difficult to fire. Superior Court Judge Rolf Treu sided with the plaintiffs against some of the most powerful labor unions in the country, striking down California’s teacher employment laws because he determined that they violate students’ civil rights.

Amazingly teachers get tenure after 18 months! That is insane and clearly just the unions trying entrench their power, kids be damned.

he nevertheless struck down laws effectively granting California teachers tenure after less than two years and requiring school districts to lay off teachers in order of seniority. He also struck down dismissal statutes that granted teachers extraordinary power to challenge firings, in what the judge dubbed “uber due process."

Bad and highly incompetent teachers in the state can't be fired if they sneak by their first 18 months. Since you can't fire them, you put the somewhere where the parents can't or won't fight back. This is always the worst schools in the poorest neighborhoods. The judge ruled that this amounts to discrimination. The teachers are being bused instead of kids. Sad.

he plaintiffs, financed by Silicon Valley entrepreneur David Welch, proved that the challenged laws “present a real and appreciable impact on students’ fundamental right of equality of education and that they impose a disproportionate burden on poor and minority students,” he said. The decision was based on California’s version of the 14th Amendment requiring equal protection under the laws, as well as a provision requiring the state to provide a “free school in every district.”

Even Arne Duncan, the Obama administration’s Secretary of Education, praised the Vergara ruling as a “mandate” to fix “laws, practices and systems that fail to identify and support our best teachers and match them with our neediest students.”

I love great teachers, my aunt was one and my grandfather was a renowned principal and it really makes me mad as hell when good teachers are screwed by the terrible system created by the unions. As you know one of my favorite examples is the rookie teacher that was voted teacher of the year in California, only to be laid off because she had no seniority while incompetent old teachers kept their job. How can anyone argue that is a fair and just system, especially for the kids.

Here is the ruling if you don't trust the Washington Post or Forbes.
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