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Calif. Districts Can Ignore Tying Scores to Reviews

By Emmanuel Felton — October 04, 2016 1 min read

A California court has handed Students Matter, the group behind the high-profile Vergara v. California teacher-tenure case, yet another defeat in its quest to upend laws that the group says keep bad teachers in the classroom.

In this latest case, Doe v. Antioch, the plaintiffs claimed that collective bargaining agreements covering 13 districts were violating state law by barring the use of student test scores in teacher-evaluation systems. But the court disagreed, ruling that the districts that aren’t using student test scores for evaluating teachers are in compliance with state law.

The decision comes just weeks after the state supreme court refused to consider Vergara, letting stand an appeals court decision that the state’s teacher job-protection did not violate students’ equal-protection rights.

A version of this article appeared in the October 05, 2016 edition of Education Week as Calif. Districts Can Ignore Tying Scores to Reviews

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