Wall Street Journal
January 13th, 2015
Lawyers for at least seven parties are expected to converge in a
Staten Island courtroom Wednesday for a hearing on efforts to dismiss
litigation seeking to overturn New York’s teacher tenure and seniority
On one side of the closely watched case are two plaintiff
groups who say these laws violate students’ right to a sound basic
education by making it too costly and time-consuming to fire incompetent
or abusive teachers. They also say last-in first-out layoffs during
budget cuts deprive children of talented new instructors.
other side are the defendants, New York City and the state, including
their education departments. The city’s lawyer says the courts aren’t
the proper venue for this dispute, and plaintiffs should lobby lawmakers
for any changes they seek.