The judge in Vergara vs. California has finalized his June ruling that state laws on teacher employment — including seniority-based layoffs and tenure — deny disadvantaged students access to a quality public education.
In his final ruling, filed yesterday, Judge Rolf Treu, said, “plaintiffs have met their burden of proof on all issues presented.”
The state and its two largest teachers unions have 60 days to appeal. The unions will file, but the state of California may not.
California Democrats have avoided comment while awaiting Treu’s final decision, writes Chris Reed on Fox & Hounds.
Gov. Jerry Brown is cruising to re-election against a little-known opponent. He could go for a place in history by admitting that “teachers unions are bad for minorities,” writes Reed.
State Superintendent Tom Torklakson — a named defendant in the suit — is facing a tough fight against reformer Marshall Tuck, who’s been endorsed by all the major newspapers in the state. Tuck has called on Torlakson not to appeal the ruling.
Torlakson will stick with his “greatest patron during his political rise — the California Teachers Association,” predicts Reed.