On August 28, 2014, the California Superior Court for the County of Los Angeles issued its final judgment in Vergara v. California, striking down the teacher tenure protections of the California Education Code as unconstitutional.
All the anti-union voices — as well as many idiot liberals — hailed the decision as a great victory for students. It was not.
Reforming (or gutting) tenure laws might make it easier to weed out bad teachers, but it does nothing to address the underlying ability of segregated schools to attract and retain strong teachers. As a result, even if tenure reform is successful, there is little reason to think new teachers hired in high-poverty schools will be much better.
In fact, we know of no evidence that firing bad teachers improves student performance. Our own research suggests that breaking the unions (and that’s what Vergara v. California is really about) has no effect at all on educational outcome.
To read the evisceration promised above, read Joe Patrice’s column at AboveTheLaw.