Thursday, January 15, 2015

Hearing Set on Challenge to New York Teacher Tenure Law

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 laws.
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.
On the 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.

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