School Business Affairs
Teacher tenure is a controversial topic that continues to generate litigation. Parents and advocates of educational reform have filed claims alleging, in part, that school officials violate the rights of students who are not achieving academically largely because of the ineffective instruction the students receive from teachers.
Typically, these suits also claim that conditions in districts where students perform poorly on academic measures are exacerbated by the protection that state tenure laws—in conjunction with union efforts—afford ineffective teachers, thereby making it difficult to dismiss the teachers for incompetence.
In North Carolina Association of Educators v. State (2016), a North Carolina superior court held that a state law that would have stripped tenured teachers of their tenure rights violated the contract clause of the U.S. Constitution. A day earlier, in a case that has already been appealed to the California Supreme Court (Resmovits 2016), an intermediate appellate panel reached the same outcome in Vergara v. State (2016). Let’s take a closer look at the cases in North Carolina and California.
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Place of Publication
Russo, Charles J., "Tenure Wars: The Litigation Continues" (2016). Educational Leadership Faculty Publications. 195.
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