Bid to End Teacher Tenure Rejected by California Appellate Court in Win for Unions

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Student Beatriz Vergara testifies in the Vergara vs. California case in Los Angeles Superior Court on Feb. 11, 2014. (Credit: Gina Ferazzi / Los Angeles Times)

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In a major victory for unions, a California appeals court reversed a lower court ruling that threw out tenure and other job protections for the state’s public school teachers.

A judge’s 2014 ruling in the case, Vergara vs. California, held that several key job protections for teachers are so harmful to students that they deprive children of their constitutional right to an education.

Lawyers representing the state of California and its powerful teachers unions argued earlier this year before the three-judge panel that the decision should be reversed and that the laws in question do not violate students’ rights.

At issue was the ruling by L.A. County Superior Court Judge Rolf Treu, which nullified the state’s system of awarding strong protections for teachers — including tenure, which takes effect at the end of their second year on the job.

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