Michelle Rhee
Kill tenure, cure schools?
Kill tenure, cure schools?

Without a doubt, California's poor and minority schoolchildren get more than their share of ineffective, unmotivated and demoralized teachers. But are the state laws governing teacher tenure, dismissal and layoffs now under attack in a Los Angeles court case the real cause of the inequities? And if so, do they violate both the equal protection guarantees and the right-to-education provisions of the California Constitution? Those questions, explicit and implicit, run through the testimony and arguments in the case of Vergara vs. California in state Superior Court in Los Angeles. The case, brought on behalf of nine students in the Los Angeles, Pasadena and other California school...