Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Nonprofit Sues California Over Teacher Tenure Laws

A nonprofit education group is suing the state of California over five laws they say protect ineffective teachers and lower school quality for poor children.

Los Angeles-based Student Matters filed the lawsuit today with the goal of getting the laws overturned, according to a report on KQED News. The laws in question set up a seniority system for public schools in the state.

According to the organization's website, Student Matters is "committed to ensuring that all of California’s children receive a quality education." It is run by David F. Welch, an executive at a Silicon Valley fiber-optic communications firm.

Josh Pechtalt, president of the California Federation of Teachers, said in a statement that the lawsuit is "misguided," and that the real problems of public education stem not from teachers, but from money.

"The real problems of public education really are not about teachers having due process rights," he said, "the problems have to do with massive cuts to the classroom, and frankly defunding of public schools now for a number of years."

You can read the full story on KQED's website.

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