What people are saying about the Los Angeles Superior Court decision.
The New York Times, editorial: "Judge Rolf Treu of Los Angeles Superior Court ruled (last week) that state laws governing the hiring, firing and job security of teachers violate the California Constitution and disproportionately saddle poor and minority children with ineffective teachers. The ruling opens a new chapter in the equal education struggle. It also underscores a shameful problem that has cast a long shadow over the lives of children, not just in California but in the rest of the country."
Dana Goldstein, The Atlantic: "Here's where Judge Treu's theory is faulty. Getting rid of these bad laws may do little to systemically raise student achievement. For high-poverty schools, hiring is at least as big of a challenge as firing, and the (Vergara v. California) decision does nothing to make it easier for the most struggling schools to attract or retain the best teacher candidates."
Deseret News, Salt Lake City,editorial: "It's too early to see what kind of national impact this ruling will have, or whether other states will be inspired to similarly loosen their tenure rules. But by calling attention to the inequalities and inefficiencies created by tenure rules, this ruling is a welcome change on the educational landscape."
Mel Robbins, CNN: "The message is loud and clear: Students, we've got your back. Unions, get ready for a fight. And a fight it will be. This isn't just a case about schools in California, but one that education reformers and teachers' unions are watching across the nation. The unions plan to fight for tenure all the way to the Supreme Court if they have to — and it's a fight I believe they will lose in both the courts of law and the court of public opinion."
Devin Leonard, Businessweek: "The ruling may embolden conservative politicians to take a tougher line against teachers unions, inspiring lawsuits in additional states to knock down laws that make it hard to fire poor educators. That's not as bad as it may sound for teachers. Many districts would gladly raise good teachers' pay if union leaders would agree to rules making it easier to dismiss ineffective instructors. In many cases, unions have resisted such concessions. That will be be more difficult to do, now that the ground is shifting beneath their feet."