Vergara v. California was a lawsuit in the California state courts which dealt with a child's right to education and to instruction by effective teachers. The suit was filed in May 2012 by lawyers on behalf of nine California public school student plaintiffs. It alleged that several California statutes regarding teacher tenure, layoffs and dismissal violate the California Constitution by retaining some "grossly ineffective" teachers and thus denying equal protection to students assigned to these teachers. Further, according to the complaint, these statutes had a disparate impact on poor and minority students who were more likely to be assigned to a grossly ineffective teacher.

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  • Vergara v. California was a lawsuit in the California state courts which dealt with a child's right to education and to instruction by effective teachers. The suit was filed in May 2012 by lawyers on behalf of nine California public school student plaintiffs. It alleged that several California statutes regarding teacher tenure, layoffs and dismissal violate the California Constitution by retaining some "grossly ineffective" teachers and thus denying equal protection to students assigned to these teachers. Further, according to the complaint, these statutes had a disparate impact on poor and minority students who were more likely to be assigned to a grossly ineffective teacher. In June 2014, after a two-month trial, Judge Rolf M. Treu of the California Superior Court ruled that all of the statutes challenged by the student plaintiffs were unconstitutional; this ruling was finalized in August 2014. On April 14, 2016, a three judge panel on the Court of Appeal reversed the trial court's decision and held that the challenged statutes did not violate the California Constitution. On May 24, 2016, lawyers for the school students asked the California Supreme Court to reconsider the Court of Appeal reversal and reinstate the trial court's ruling in their favor. On August 22, 2016 the State's highest court declined to review the case (4-3), thus permitting the Court of Appeal decision upholding the statutes to stand. (en)
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  • Vergara v. California was a lawsuit in the California state courts which dealt with a child's right to education and to instruction by effective teachers. The suit was filed in May 2012 by lawyers on behalf of nine California public school student plaintiffs. It alleged that several California statutes regarding teacher tenure, layoffs and dismissal violate the California Constitution by retaining some "grossly ineffective" teachers and thus denying equal protection to students assigned to these teachers. Further, according to the complaint, these statutes had a disparate impact on poor and minority students who were more likely to be assigned to a grossly ineffective teacher. (en)
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