A sweeping decision by a Los Angeles Superior Court opens the door for parents and students to shake up the failing California educational system and the tenure system. In a nutshell, nine Los Angeles students claimed that their education was sub-standard because the state’s tenure system doesn’t allow districts to get rid of poor teachers. The court agreed. In this New York Daily News Article, the writer explains the breadth of the ruling and its implications, which could allow for parents and students in other states to follow the lead of the Los Angeles students.
According to the article: “Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Rolf Treu said the evidence of the deleterious effect of ineffective teachers on students is so compelling that it ‘shocks the conscience’ — a line that instantly gave voice to countless parents.”
As conservatives, we believe that parents have the power to determine their own children’s education and this ruling helps shift the power away from the government and back to families.
From Bloomberg Business Week: Attorneys Theodore Boutrous, far right, and Marcellus McRae, second from right, take questions from the media, as they are joined by nine California public school students who are sued the state to abolish its laws on teacher tenure, seniority and other protections, during a news conference outside the Los Angeles Superior court on Jan. 27, 2014. Photographer: Nick Ut/AP Photo