California Gov. Jerry Brown has filed an appeal of the Vergara ruling that struck down traditional job protections for teachers.
The state’s two largest teacher unions also will appeal.
The decision, by Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Rolf M. Treu, threw out the state’s tenure process for elementary teachers, reports the Los Angeles Times. “It also stripped instructors of rules that made dismissing them more difficult and expensive than firing other state employees. And he eliminated regulations that made seniority the primary factor in deciding which teachers to lay off.”
State Superintendent Tom Torlakson, a Democrat and teachers union ally, issued a statement backing the appeal.
“We do not fault doctors when the emergency room is full. We do not criticize the firefighter whose supply of water runs dry. Yet while we crowd our classrooms and fail to properly equip them with adequate resources, those who filed and support this case shamelessly seek to blame teachers who step forward every day to make a difference for our children.”
Torlakson faces a strong challenger, education reformer Marshall Tuck, in the November election.