California is on the fault line, rules a Los Angeles judge, and that violates the children's rights under the 14th Amendment;
Tenure and other job protections for California's 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.
"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 judge said the plaintiffs' equal-protection claims validly stated that the statutes violated their fundamental rights to equality of education.Naturally, the usual suspects opposed the kids;
The California Teachers Association called the decision "deeply flawed" and vowed an appeal. "Circumventing the legislative process to strip teachers of their professional rights hurts our students and our schools," the association said in a statement.Ignoring that the students, themselves, believe otherwise. Wise man;
The judge said it is not the function of the court to dictate or advise the Legislature on how to replace the challenged statutes.
All he could do is rule on the constitutionality and "trust the Legislature to fulfill its mandated duty to enact legislation on the issues ... that passes constitutional muster, thus providing each child in this state with a basically equal opportunity to achieve a quality education," Treu wrote.This should get interesting.