Teacher tenure ruled unconstitutional

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LOS ANGELES — Tenure, also known as permanency, is unconstitutional according to a Superior Court judge in Los Angeles.

TEACHER CLASSROOMThe ruling applies to dismissal and layoff laws, which “keeps bad teachers in classrooms while keeping out promising ones,” the judge said.

This is the result of a lawsuit filed on behalf of nine students who claimed the existing laws allowed “ineffective teachers to obtain and maintain employment in schools that predominately serve low-income and minority students.”

Teacher unions across the country, including San Diego, were quick to criticize the ruling.

“It troubles me to see individuals belittling the profession by trying to take away the few rights educators have,” said Bill Freeman, president of the San Diego Education Association, which represents thousands of teachers at San Diego city schools.

Freeman also said current laws give teachers due process and protect their careers and livelihoods. He predicted that teacher unions across the state will appeal Tuesday’s court decision.


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  • Annoyed Teacher

    Procedures are already in place under existing law to get rid of bad teachers. This is an anti-union power-grab pushed by a wealthy anti-union mogul who knew that he had to create a disguise and make it seem it was "for the poor kids." Reality is that this will chase veteran teachers from the classrooms at low-income schools because teachers at those schools are deemed failures, NOT because they themselves are bad teachers, but because their student population comes from poverty and has parents that (for the most part) don't push for educational achievement.

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