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Beyond Vergara – The Fight for Due Process Rights Goes National

The legal system is currently working its way down the slow road to an appeal in the Vergara v. California lawsuit. In June, a misguided judge ruled in favor of a group of plaintiffs and their backers bent on eliminating teachers’ rights and in turn destroying public education. While the fight in California continues, the battlefield has expanded nationally, most notably to New York.

In July, two different groups filed lawsuits in New York State aimed at eliminating due process rights for teachers (the state’s attorney general is moving to consolidate the two suits). Many of the same players from the Vergara lawsuit are appearing in the New York lawsuit, including the Silicon Valley millionaire behind Vergara. Perhaps the most well-known person participating in the New York lawsuits is none other than Campbell Brown, the former news reporter-turned-head of the Partnership for Educational Justice. She recently had a memorable appearance on The Colbert Report; the Washington Post did some eye-opening fact checking of her claims; and Esquire added this humorous and alarming insight.

What all this shows is that so-called education reformers looking to eradicate due process rights for teachers under the guise of education reform continue their march toward the privatization of public education. Stay tuned.

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The Verdict is In: Disappointing Day for California Students and Educators

 “This suit is . . . fundamentally anti-public education, scapegoating teachers for problems originating in underfunding, poverty, and economic inequality.” – CFT President Josh Pechthalt.

Read CFT’s complete statement here.

The other side wanted a headline that reads: ‘Students win, teachers lose.’ This is a sad day for public education.” – AFT President Randi Weingarten.

Read more of her statement here

To read the complete decision, click here.

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What You Need To Know About Vergara

One news outlet called the Vergara et al. v. State of California et al. trial “the most dangerous lawsuit you probably haven't heard of.” However, as the verdict will be rendered any day now, we suspect that will soon change. Knowing this, we want to share a few thoughts and facts that may help you understand story.

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