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California Judge Rules Teacher Tenure Unconstitutional
Los Angeles, California (CNN) A Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Tuesday ruled state teacher tenure statutes are unconstitutional.
A group of students had said the statutes violate their right to equal educational opportunity under the California Constitution.
David Welch, president of a non-profit dedicated to improving public education, brought the case.
“I believe in public education. I believe in having experienced the impact of great educators. And I believe in the children of our state. But I also believe our public education system is failing our children, and has stopped putting the children's needs as a priority in the management of our education system.
“This case was designed to bring forth the facts and ask the question, do these laws, are these laws meant to support the education of our children? And today we have the answer to that. And it is clear, they do not,” Welch explains.
The ruling is a major loss for unions.
They will likely appeal.
A final decision could take years.