The Vergara v. state of California superior court trial continues this week. The lawsuit, funded by corporate reformer philanthropist David Welch, alleges that California laws governing teacher dismissals, due process and layoffs are unconstitutional and should be eliminated.
CTA and California Federation of Teachers (CFT) intervened in the lawsuit to protect the working environment for educators and the learning environment for students. Both parties have delivered their opening statements and LAUSD Superintendent John Deasy, the plaintiffs' first witness, is currently being cross-examined by the legal team of which CTA is a part.
The trial is expected to last up to three months and will not be confined to just the courtroom. The plaintiffs have hired a PR firm to help them fight this battle in the court of public opinion. We need your help.
PREPARE YOURSELF TO SPEAK UP:
- Visit the Vergara trial section of our website to become more familiar with the case and to learn why this meritless lawsuit hurts our students. This is where you will find the latest information throughout the trial—including news stories.
- Read the talking points (requires log in) and fact sheet.
- See the research proving what we all know: When it comes to teaching, experience matters.
- Discover who is behind this attack on your rights.
Then let the public know why these protections are good for your students and the profession. Here's how. Write a letter to the editor of your local newspaper or favorite blog. Post to Facebook and Tweet good articles, facts and your thoughts. And ask your colleagues to speak up too.