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Teacher's Union Smackdown

by Jerry Bader

This ruling is seismic and this judge makes Scott Walker look like a member of WEAC. Judge Rolf Treu ruled that the practice of teacher tenure in California violates students civil rights, particularly minority students, by protecting bad teachers who deprive those students of a quality education.

Streu compared his ruling with the landmark 1954 Brown vs. the Board of Education desegregation case. It's laughable that the teacher's unions are framing this as union busting. Streu was clear in his language that protecting incompetent teachers violates the equal protection clause for students who suffer through their classes. This ruling shakes the education establishment to its very core.

If this ruling stands, that the teacher protection policies that unions have built in school districts throughout the nation are unconstitutional, this is an immediate step toward education reform that rivals the step the nation has taken toward same sex marriage in recent years. Union attorney Jim Fineburg made a stunning claim, suggesting the plaintiffs present a false dichotomy:

They assert that one has to choose between teacher rights and student learning. In fact, the interests of teachers and students are aligned. When teachers have good working conditions, students thrive.

Not when your definition of "good working conditions" is absolute job protection regardless of how incompetent you are. The way the unions and their attorneys are spewing the same old mantra, it's clear they don't understand the impact of this ruling.

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