Gibson Dunn Throws California Teacher Tenure in Doubt
"Plaintiffs’ evidence can support the finding that the Challenged Statutes permits the employment of grossly ineffective teachers, which results in an equal protection violation in every instance that a student is assigned such a teacher," the judge wrote.
National discussion of teacher efficacy has been mostly focused on issues like the Common Core state standards. By taking aim direcly at teacher tenure laws, the California lawsuit may be felt beyond the state's six million public school students. According to Boutrous, other groups across the country are examining the case as a potential template for similar court challenges in other states.