LOS ANGELES (CBS/AP) – California’s tenure protections for public school teachers were ruled unconstitutional Tuesday by a judge presiding in a lawsuit brought by nine students.
Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge Rolf Treu cited the historic case of Brown v. Board of Education in ruling that all students are entitled to equal education and said the current situation discriminates against minority and low-income students in placing ineffective teachers in their schools.
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“Plaintiffs claim that the challenged statutes result in grossly ineffective teachers obtaining and retaining permanent employment, and that these teachers are disproportionately situated in schools serving predominantly low-income and minority students,” the decision said.
The plaintiffs include students from the Bay Area including; Brandon Debose Jr. of Oakland, Daniella Martinez of San Jose, and Kate Elliot of San Carlos.
Martinez’ mother made a video of the plaintiffs that demonstrated how one teacher affected her daughter poorly.
“I look at my children—specifically Daniella, as a glass. A beautiful, blown glass that was shattered,” she says in the video.
The judge said the plaintiffs’ equal-protection claims validly stated that the statutes violated their fundamental rights to equality of education.
The judge stayed implementation of the ruling pending appeals. The case only involves K-12 teachers.