Parents’ group files anti-teacher tenure lawsuit in New York

Parents’ group files anti-teacher tenure lawsuit in New York

Taking a clue from a California judge's last month fix-tenure teacher job ruling, a group of parents of school children has filed a lawsuit in New York, seeking a court order to end the controversial teacher tenure system in the state.

In June, a judge in the Golden State ruled that job protections that protect senior teachers during layoffs violated children's constitutional rights. Siding with the plaintiffs, the judge ruled that union-supported job protections mean that poor and minority schools are staffed by inefficient teachers.

Filing a lawsuit in New York on the behalf of parents, the parent group's President Mona Davids argued that mostly black and Latino had the schools with the highest concentration of inefficient teachers.

Davids called educational inequity "a crisis of epic proportions" and that every attempt to hold teachers accountable was being blocked.

Parent activists in Connecticut, Pennsylvania and some other states of the U. S. have also warned that would file similar lawsuits over teacher tenure as thousands of children are jammed in low-performing schools.

Gwen Samuel, president of the Connecticut parents Union, said, "Teacher tenure doesn't ensure that those kids have an effective teacher. Guaranteeing a person a job regardless of their performance is irresponsible."

But, many teachers argue that fix tenure is not the only cause of low performance; factors like overcrowded classes, relatively low salaries and chaotic working conditions are also responsible for the problem.

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