Teacher tenure: Ruling will improve equity of education

Randy Ward:

Expert witnesses in the Vergara v. California trial overwhelmingly convinced a judge what all of us in education leadership circles already know: that five state statutes governing teacher employment rules violate the California Constitution by denying students access to a quality public education. Many cheered the verdict, while others, including state Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson, saw it as “anti-teacher.”

Torlakson said in a statement that those who “support this case shamelessly seek to blame teachers who step forward every day to make a difference for our children.” I cannot think of anything further from reality.