News Guide: Following historic California court ruling, what's next for teacher tenure?

  • by: LISA LEFF , Associated Press
  • Updated: June 11, 2014 - 4:20 PM

SAN FRANCISCO — After a two-month trial and another two months of deliberating, a California judge on Tuesday found that a handful of laws governing the hiring and firing of the state's teachers are unconstitutional because they deprive children of a quality education. It was the first time in U.S. history a court has found that teacher effectiveness is an essential component of the right to an equal public education, said Russlynn Ali, a former assistant secretary for civil rights at the U.S. Department of Education.

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