Educators applaud Supreme Court ruling in meritless
August 22, 2016 — Statement by CFT
“We applaud the state Supreme Court’s affirmation of the appeal
court decision,” said Joshua Pechthalt, president of the
California Federation of Teachers. “The teacher shortage facing
California has been stoked by the Vergara case, the expensive
publicity machine surrounding it, and the constant attacks by
so-called reformers on teachers and public education.
Attacks on educator rights and union fair share halted…for now
On April 14, the California Court of Appeals unanimously
overturned the lower court’s decision in the Vergara v.
California case. The suit sought to dismantle seniority and due
process rights for teachers in the name of students’ equal access
to education. The appellate court wisely ruled that there is no
constitutional link between tenure and student performance.
Education unions and public sector unions are facing legal
attacks designed to destroy our ability to represent our members.
Not surprisingly, these cases are supported by the usual
anti-union law firms and wealthy backers. What follows is a
snapshot of the cases CFT and other unions are now fighting.
The CFT and the California Teachers Association filed a notice of
appeal asking that Judge Rolf Treu’s ruling in Vergara v.
California be reversed in its entirety. Stating that Treu’s
decision striking down five California Education Code provisions
“is without support in law or fact,” the appeal says Treu’s
reversible errors are “too numerous to list.”
Public school educators face a new threat in the form of the
Vergara v. California lawsuit, which aims to declare
unconstitutional five provisions of the Education Code that
ensure seniority, due process and other rights for K-12 teachers.
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