Lawsuit Challenges California Tenure

Education Week (2/5) primarily covers the previous events of the Vergara v. California case that argues that California’s laws “violate students’ equal-protection rights by making it too difficult to rid schools of ‘grossly ineffective’ teachers.” The case is in part based on the “value added” method of judging teachers, a method Education Week says “has proved controversial” and has been called a “sham” by Randi Weingarten, President of the American Federation of Teachers. Education Week quotes Perry A. Zirkel, a professor of educational leadership at Lehigh University in Pennsylvania, who argues that this case will not necessarily impact other states because “even if the state language is the same, there are always interpretations of the language.”