While teachers are disappointed in the recent Vergara v. California decision attacking due process for teachers and laws governing hiring and layoffs, they are very optimistic about a better decision as the state and educators appeal the ruling. This case was part of a broader effort to destabilize public schools and open them up for more control by for-profit corporations.
The evidence in this case showed overwhelmingly that the laws being challenged serve students and the public well in school districts all over California. The plaintiffs failed to produce a single student who had ever been harmed by any of them, and in fact the few students who did testify named respected teachers with outstanding evaluations, including the Pasadena School District teacher of the year, as reasons to strike down these laws.
The verdict in this case will do nothing to improve public education, and will harm California students. I look forward to a better decision on appeal.