by Dr. Terry Stoops
Director of the Center for Effective Education, John Locke Foundation
A California Superior Court judge ruled that the state’s teacher tenure law is unconstitutional. Judge Rolf M. Treu’s ruling in In Vergara v. California is pretty powerful,
Distilled to its basics, the State Defendants’/Intervenors’ position requires them to defend the proposition that the state has a compelling interest in the de facto separation of students from competent teachers, and a like interest in the de facto retention of incompetent ones. The logic of this position is unfathomable and therefore constitutionally unsupportable.
Of course the battle is just beginning.