Putting Educators’ Professional Rights on Trial Hurts Students, Wastes Taxpayer Dollars and Time
The suit challenges five Education Code statutes claiming they violate the Equal Protection clause of the California state Constitution. If there are legitimate problems with education laws, they should be addressed through the legislative process where parents, educators and all community members can be heard.
“It is deceptive and dishonest to pretend that teacher due process rights are unfair to students,” said CFT President Josh Pechthalt, parent of a ninth grade student in the LAUSD. “Students need a stable, experienced teaching workforce. They won’t have one if this lawsuit succeeds in gutting basic teacher rights. The problem with layoffs, for instance, is not the procedures devised to ensure transparent decisions about who is to be laid off and how. What is unfair to students about layoffs is that they happen in the first place. The way to provide a good teacher in every classroom is to provide sufficient funding. Instead, the organizations behind this lawsuit seek to scapegoat teachers for underfunding, lack of resources and profound poverty in a growing number of communities. Teachers welcome authentic efforts to improve the teaching profession but this lawsuit is about dividing parents, teachers and students, not solving problems.”
The backers of this lawsuit, led by a Silicon Valley millionaire, include a “who’s who” of the billionaire boys club and their front groups. Their goals have nothing to do with protecting students, but are really about undermining public schools and weakening employee unions.