Governor’s office appeals judge’s ruling that ends teacher tenure

Governor’s office appeals judge’s ruling that ends teacher tenure

California's Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson has criticized a recent state judge's ruling that struck down fixed tenure and other job protections for teachers of public schools.

After tentatively ruling in June this year that teacher tenure protections violate California constitution, Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge Rulf Treu struck down teacher tenure in his final ruling on Thursday last week.

Judge Treu ruled that fixed tenure for teachers deprive some of the state's more than six million students, particularly minorities, of quality education. The lawsuit, Vergara vs. California, was brought by Beatriz Vergara and eight other students who claimed that they were saddled with inefficient teachers who came to school unprepared and allowed classrooms to get out of control.

But Torlakson, who was among those named in the lawsuit, argued that the ruling was not supported by facts, and that it was too vague to guide lawmakers in making changes. He stressed that teachers were being held responsible unfairly for failings in the state's educational system.

Criticizing the ruling, Torlakson said, "We do not fault doctors when the emergency room is full. Yet while we crowd our classrooms and fail to properly equip them with adequate resources, those who filed and support this case shamelessly seek to blame teachers who step forward every day to make a difference for our children."

Democratic Governor Jerry Brown's office has already appeal the ruling, arguing that Judge Treu's final ruling lacked detail and failed to provide the legal foundation for the decision.

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