State, teacher unions file briefs in tenure ruling appeal

May 1, 2015 3:18 PM by News Staff

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Defense attorneys for California's powerful teachers unions say a ruling in a landmark California teacher tenure case was flawed and should be overturned because no evidence was presented showing the disputed statutes are the cause of educational inequalities.

Attorneys for the state, the California Teachers Association and the California Federation of Teachers filed their briefs in the ongoing appeal of Vergara v. California Friday.

The attorneys argue there was no "legal or factual justification" in striking down state laws on tenure and job protection. They also contend that changing the current laws could cause harm to students and keep underperforming teachers in the classroom longer.

A Superior Court Judge ruled five California Education Code provisions against the state's constitution in June of 2014.

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