Calif. millionaire David Welch joins fight against teacher tenure in New York
After winning a landmark legal battle against teacher tenure in California, Silicon Valley millionaire David Welch has now joined the fight against job protections for teachers in New York.
Mr. Welch's group, Students Matter, will provide the New York City Parents Union with funds and others support in the lawsuit that alleges teacher tenure condemn students, particularly poor students, to substandard education.
Attorney Theodore Boutrous, who argued the teacher tenure case in California, supported the New York lawsuit saying the New York's system hinders students' access to quality teachers and detracts from the education system's purpose of serving the best interest of students.
Condemning New York's teacher tenure system, Boutrous said, "We plan to show that New York's current education system does not serve the needs of kids and in fact prevents them from accessing a sound education."
A lawsuit filed in Staten Island Supreme Court in July claims that students' civil rights are being breached en masse because incompetent teachers are almost impossible to fire.
Teachers unions have been arguing that fixed tenure are good for both teachers as well as students. Carl Korn, a spokesperson for New York teachers union, argued that if Mr. Welch really wanted to help students they would join parents and teachers unions in fighting for adequate resources and required support programs for students.
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