Plaintiffs in the lawsuit -- Vegara v. State of California -- have dropped two school districts from the suit that seeks to overturn due process protections for teachers and other laws governing layoffs. The lawsuit threatens to make it harder to attract and retain quality teachers by asserting that the laws governing teacher dismissals, permanent status, and layoffs are unconstitutional.
Dismissing two of three school districts demonstrates the plaintiffs don’t have viable claims in this case. We continue to see this case as baseless and meritless, and we believe it does nothing to address the real problems facing our schools. Simply put, this lawsuit highlights the wrong problems, proposes the wrong solutions, and follows the wrong process.
The plaintiffs, a group called Students Matter—which describes itself as a nonprofit organization dedicated to sponsoring impact litigation to promote access to quality public education—say they are focusing on defendants including Supt. of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson, the state, and the two teachers unions, which voluntarily signed on to defend vital state education laws.
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