Court smacks down Tenure laws in California Education System

General By: Tad Lumpkin 2:32 pm

It's a start, but lots more to go.

(CNN)- A California judge ruled as unconstitutional Tuesday the state’s teacher tenure, dismissal and layoff laws, saying they keep bad teachers in the classroom and force out promising good ones.

Poor and minority students are especially hurt by the laws because “grossly ineffective teachers” more often work in their schools, Los Angeles County Judge Rolf M. Treu said.

The ruling was hailed by the nation’s top education chief as bringing to California — and possibly the nation — an opportunity to build “a new framework for the teaching profession.” The decision represented “a mandate” to fix a broken teaching system, U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan said.

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SOURCE: Court smacks down Tenure laws in California Education Systemhttp://www.cnn.com/2014/06/10/justice/california-teacher-tenure-lawsuit?sr=socialfb061114tenureruling10aVODtopLink

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