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Lawsuit over teacher employment can go to trial

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POSTED November 15, 2012 9:14 p.m.

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A judge has refused to dismiss a lawsuit seeking to overturn five California laws governing teacher employment and dismissal on grounds that they protect ineffective educators who harm children's learning.

In an opinion released late Wednesday that details a bench ruling Friday, Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Rolf Treu says he finds there are constitutional issues involved in the lawsuit, which was filed in May by the education reform group Students Matter on behalf of seven school children.

Two defendants, the state Department of Education and San Jose's Alum Rock Union School District, requested the suit be dismissed, arguing constitutional issues were not at play in the suit.

But Treu found that school districts and the state had the responsibility to uphold students' right to a fair and equitable education.


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