California Education Case Held Up As Model For Other States


Joshua Lipshutz, one of the principal trial attorneys representing the nine student plaintiffs challenging California education laws dealing with tenure, dismissal and seniority in Vergara v. California, writes in the Wall Street Journal (7/9, Lipshutz, Subscription Publication), that US courts have often defended students’ educational rights under state constitutions, but, he argues, they have in defending educational equality generally focused on easily measurable inputs. Instead, he thinks they should focus on those aspects of education that have a greater effect on students such as teacher quality. He believes that the Vergara v. California case did just that, and provides an example for other state courts to follow.