Teacher Policy Change Through Litigation?: Legal and Policy Issues Surrounding Vergara v. California

The potentially “game-changing” lawsuit Vergara v. California, filed by nine California public school students in May 2012 and sponsored solely by Students Matter, challenges the outdated and harmful state laws keeping ineffective teachers in schools, repelling great teachers from the profession and jeopardizing the future of California’s students. Students Matter believes every child deserves a quality teacher in every classroom every day.

The Hoover Institution, the Stanford Center for Education Policy Analysis, the Youth and Education Law Project, the Stanford Federalist Society, and the Stanford American Constitutional Law Society hosted the event “Teacher Policy Change Through Litigation?: Legal and Policy Issues Surrounding Vergara v. California” on May 15, 2013 in the Stanford University Law School.

In May, the California Superior Court for Los Angeles County granted a Motion to Intervene in Vergara v. California filed by the CTA and the California Federation of Teachers, allowing the state’s two largest teachers unions to join the case as defendants.

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