Los Angeles Superior Court judge Rolf M. Treu has ruled that California's teacher tenure laws represent an unconstitutional violation of the California Constitution's equal protection clause guaranteeing each student equal access to education.
It's virtually impossible to find any neutral coverage of this story; the LexisNexis story below is as close as I could get. Some overtly partisan sites include:http://studentsmatter.org/
(biased, liberal viewpoint)http://www.breitbart.com/Breitbart-California/2014/04/29/Vergara-Case-Challenges-Teacher-Tenure
(biased, conservative viewpoint)
My concern is not for public school education; that's an important battle, but a separate battle, which lies outside of my expertise. What worries me is that, simply put, this is a sneak attack against academic tenure. If teachers unions lose this round, you can be sure that David Welch and his friends will go after public universities next. And while private universities are probably immune to this particular constitutional challenge, these guys are persistent and I'm sure they'll think of something. Moreover, the institution of tenure itself would be greatly diminished if it were restricted primarily to private institutions.
Tenure isn't perfect, but it has served us educators well for over a century. I'm not willing to throw the whole system out just because it isn't 100% perfect.