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Educators Appeal Meritless Vergara Lawsuit, Say Ruling Hurts Students and Teachers

The organizations representing more than 400,000 California educators today filed an appeal of L.A. Superior Court Rudy Treu’s meritless ruling in Vergara v. State of California.

The notice of appeal filed by CTA and the California Federation of Teachers asks the appeals court to reverse the ruling that undermines students’ education in California by striking down five provisions of the Education Code.

The appeal notice points to the fact the ruling “is without support in law or fact” and that the five statutes hit by the judge’s decision help attract and retain qualified teachers and provide objective, fair and transparent procedures when economic layoffs occur.

“All along it has been clear to us that this lawsuit is baseless, meritless, and masterminded by self-interested individuals with corporate education reform agendas that are veiled by a proclamation of student interest,” said CTA President Dean E. Vogel, a kindergarten teacher.

“We work with these kids every day and know best what they need to succeed. So we stand up for them in our schools, our communities, in the Legislature and in our nation’s capital even if it’s not the most popular stance. And the very statutes challenged here are the ones that allow us to fight for our students and their needs without reprisal of those in power,” the CTA leader said.

CTA and CFT follow Governor Jerry Brown in submitting an appeal, and it is expected that State Superintendent Tom Torlakson will soon do the same. Legal experts across the country have expressed strong skepticism at Judge Treu’s ruling, with many predicting it will be overturned.

Read the entire CTA/CFT news release announcing the filing.

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