Arne Duncan’s Response to the Vergara Ruling: Absolutely Empty Assurances of “Respect” for Teachers—Causing One to Wonder What, Exactly a Romney Education Secretary Would Have Said Differently

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Drawing the Right Lessons from Vergara

Sometimes conflict is the starting point on the path to progress.

That’s one of two possible ways events could play out in the wake ofVergara v. California, a court case that is driving enormous debate throughout the education world.

Brought on behalf of nine public school students, the Vergara case argued that California’s laws on teacher tenure and placement violate the right to an education in the state constitution. The lawsuit claimed that minority and low-income students are deprived of effective teachers by state laws that, in essence, award lifetime employment to teachers after as little as 18 months, and that require layoffs on the basis of seniority.

Last week, a judge agreed, saying these laws deprive students of their civil rights. The decision affirmed the fundamental duty to ensure that all students, regardless of zip code, family income or skin…

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