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Now that the Vergara case is over, let's reform teacher tenure laws

The state Supreme Court made the right call this week when it left in place a lower court's ruling that the teacher tenure system at California public schools does not violate students’ constitutional rights. But even though they’re not unconstitutional, the tenure laws are still problematic, and...

For the Record

Teacher tenure lawsuit: In the Aug. 23 Section A, an article about the California Supreme Court’s decision not to review a lawsuit that challenged teacher tenure misidentified Michael Petrilli as the executive vice president of the Thomas B. Fordham Institute. He is president of the institute....

Vergara Decision Stands: CA Teacher Tenure to Stay

The California Supreme Court declined to hear the case of Vergara v. California, one of the most significant teacher's tenure cases to date. This means that the state appeals court decision is undisturbed, preserving many employment rights for teachers.......

California Supreme Court won't hear case attacking teachers

The California Supreme Court refused Monday to hear a suit against the state’s teacher tenure laws, leaving the laws in place after a long-running legal battle. The lawsuit’s wealthy backers say they’ll take their efforts to the legislature...Show More Summary

California Supreme Court Decides "Grossly Ineffective" Teachers Should Keep Their Jobs

We understand that a teacher's job is difficult and often thankless. But so are a lot of jobs. We also understand that private labor markets are fairly efficient and don't award workers in the private workforce nearly the same "perks" received by California's unionized teachers. Show More Summary

CA Supreme Court Bans Dredges for Mining Gold

This is bad news for gold miners who invested in expensive equipment designed to suck up tons of earth. Today, the California Supreme Court ruled that despite federal rules allowing citizens to mine for gold on federally owned land, state rules that ban certain mining practices trump those federal rules.......

Vergara, Oliver & the Appeal to Authority

In a 4-3 ruling, the California Supreme Court decided not to review Vergara v. California, which challenged the constitutionality of the state’s teacher tenure, seniority and dismissal laws. The California Teachers Association and California Federation of Teachers declared this a “victory for students” because, as we all know, parents choose schools for their children based […]

California Supreme Court Holds Unanimously that the State May Restrict Mining Methods on Federal Lands

Last year, as I discussed in a prior post, the California Supreme Court granted the State of California’s petition for review in the case of People v. Rinehart.  I’m pleased to say that today, the Supreme Court has issued a unanimous opinion, authored by Justice Werdegar, in favor of the state’s moratorium on suction-dredge mining on federal lands. […]

California Teacher Tenure Laws Upheld

5 days agoNews : The Two-Way

The state Supreme Court has refused to hear a challenge to laws protecting senior teachers. Opponents argued that tenure harms poor and minority students, saddling them with incompetent teachers.

California's High Court Rejects Attack On Teacher Tenure, Drawing Fierce Dissents

The California Supreme Court refuses to hear a constitutional challenge to the state's teacher-tenure laws.

Silicon Valley Billionaires Weep As CA Supreme Court Upholds Teacher Tenure Rules

Today, the California Supreme Court finally laid the Vergara v. California teacher tenure case to rest forever when it denied review to the Silicon Valley billionaires attempting to kill teacher tenure and due process. “In sum, the evidence...Show More Summary

Reversal of death sentence reflects leftward tilt of California Supreme Court

Nearly two years ago, Gary Grimes lost his bid to overturn his death sentence. The vote on the California Supreme Court was close — 4-3 — and the decision was not technically final when the court changed membership. Two new justices, appointed by Gov. Jerry Brown, joined the dissenters to reconsider...

Unions win huge victory in teacher tenure case as California Supreme Court declines to take up issue

In a major victory for teachers unions, the California Supreme Court has let stand a ruling that preserves traditional teacher job protections such as tenure and seniority-based layoffs.  In refusing to hear the case, the state’s high court sided not only with unions, but also the state of California...

A new era in California gold prospecting could be coming with court ruling

5 days agoHealth : Booster Shots

California's Supreme Court could clear the way for a new era of gold prospectors 168 years after the start of the state's historic Gold Rush. The court is set to rule Monday on the legality of the state's ban on the use of suction dredges to extract gold from rivers. At issue is whether a 19th...

National Employee Freedom Week: Public Employees Deserve Choice; So Do Public Employee Unions

On June 28, 2016 dashed were many hopes to liberate public employees from being forced to contribute to political causes with which they disagreed. The Supreme Court decided not to rehear Friedrichs v. California Teachers Association, a case that was originally decided as a split 4-4 vote after the passing of Justice Antonin Scalia. Show More Summary

Cal Supreme Court Says 'Yes' to Percentage Attorney Fees

The California Supreme Court said OK to percentage class-action compensation for attorneys, but it didn't go so far as to say that a pure percentage would be the end of the story. If we're reading the tone and tenor of the California Supreme Court's opinion correctly, percentage class-action suits involving......

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last weekNews : The Two-Way

Also: A curfew helps calm Milwaukee; North Carolina asks the Supreme Court to uphold its voter ID law; and the first cruise ship aims to sail from Alaska to New York, via the Northwest Passage.

California Supreme Court overturns death penalty in 1993 killings of two Target employees

The California Supreme Court decided unanimously Monday to overturn the death sentence of a man convicted of killing two former co-workers at a Target store in 1993 after he had been passed over for promotion. Sergio Dujuan Nelson was 19 when he shot and killed Robin Shirley and Lee Thompson, who...

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