A California superior court judge has ruled that the state’s teacher tenure laws are unconstitutional and disproportionately affect poor and minority students. The lawsuit was brought by nine plaintiffs, students who argued that the current seniority system keeps bad teachers entrenched in classrooms, violating their constitutional right to a good education. The teachers’ unions plan to appeal the ruling, which could dramatically change the way teachers are hired and fired across the state. We discuss the ruling and its implications for California schools, students and teachers.
James Finberg, lead attorney representing the California Teachers Association and the California Federation of Teachers
Ted Boutrous, attorney for the nine student plaintiffs challenging California's teacher tenure rules
Ana Tintocalis, education reporter for KQED News