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California Teachers Unions Will Keep Their Tenure

The California Supreme Court stood with teachers unions by refusing to review a tenure case.

By Lindsay Gloor | August 22, 2016

Teachers unions in California had a reason to celebrate Monday when the state's highest court refused to review a case that threatened their traditional job protections.

The suit, filed by a Silicon Valley-based group called Students Matter, claimed California's teacher tenure laws take effect too early. Teachers in California are officially tenured after two years of teaching — and the group says that's giving teachers job protection before they've actually earned it.

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According to the Washington Post, when bad teachers earn tenure, dismissal procedures can take up to 10 years and cost as much as $450,000.

Students Matter was victorious back in 2014 — a judge declared the state's tenure practices deprived students of the right to an education. But an appeals court in California reversed the decision in April of this year. This prompted the group to request the review, which was denied.

After the appeal, the president of the American Federation of Teachers union said in a statement, "It is not the law that is the problem, but poor practices by local administrators. You can't fire your way to a better public education system." 

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