LOS ANGELES (KABC) — Should California public school teachers be protected if they aren’t effectively doing their jobs? That’s the battle unfolding in a local courtroom.
Nine students are suing the state and teachers unions in an effort to get bad teachers out of the classroom. But the unions say tenure and seniority is there to keep talented teachers from leaving for other jobs.
The students say it’s unfair that their future is compromised by what they charge in their lawsuit as grossly inefficient teachers.
“Instead of learning our subject, we sat in class coloring and watching YouTube videos,” said plaintiff Kate Elliott.
Led by Dave Welch, a Silicon Valley millionaire and founder of advocate group Student Matters, they allege that five laws go too far to protect ineffective teachers.
“We have evidence that kids are losing months and months and years of education and creating a gross disparity in violating the Constitution,” said Theodore J. Boutrous, an attorney for Student Matters.
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