Vergara v. California Lawsuit

Posted May 24, 2016

After Vergara, We Still Need to Do Right by Our Latino Children

Editor’s note: Readers should consider two recent developments related to the Vergara case referenced by the author. On May 24, the former students who originally challenged teacher…

By ​Brenda Lopez

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Posted Mar. 30, 2016

Coffee Break: L.A. School Board Candidate on Downward Dogs, Underdogs and Finding His ‘Happy Place’

Nick Melvoin is an ed reformer running to represent District 4 on the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) Board. He is a former LAUSD…

By Halli Bayer

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Posted Mar. 2, 2016

Are Black and Latino Students Stuck With Low-Performing Teachers? Vergara Might Give Us an Answer

I used to teach in a Los Angeles Unified school, so the Vergara court case about teacher tenure is not just an abstract legal decision…

By Halli Bayer

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Posted Feb. 22, 2016

Why I Testified in Vergara, and Why It Still Matters

I distinctly remember the day I stepped into the courtroom for the very first time. My story made headlines throughout the country—the day a Los…

By Brandon DeBose, Jr.

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Posted Jan. 21, 2016

What About Due Process for Children?

Students Matter has launched a new feature at its website, 'Voices of Vergara', where you can hear parents, teachers, school leaders, school board members, and community members from all over Califoria reflect on what the Vergara case really means to them and the people in their lives. "Vergara vs. California is built on the simple and undeniable premise that every child — regardless of background — deserves a quality education."    …

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Posted Sep. 8, 2015

These Two Court Decisions Show Just How Far Behind We Are on Education

School districts, despite their track record of not educating tens of millions of students, are still the only protected mechanism for delivering public education. And…

By Eric Lerum

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Posted June 25, 2015

In the Fight for Better Schools, Mayors Put Kids First

Long a champion of educational equity, former Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa gave an impassioned speech at the U.S. Conference of Mayors detailing the role…

By Alma V. Marquez

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Posted Nov. 30, 2020

Without Data, We Can’t Fight for Our Students’ Futures

Sometimes, data can seem pesky. Just ask the folks who continue to suggest that coronavirus spikes are merely the result of increased testing. “You know…

By Garris Landon Stroud

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Posted Nov. 30, 2020

It’s Not a Discipline Problem, You’re Just Not Engaging Your Students

Here’s a dirty little secret about teachers that few people care to admit: Many teachers with poor classroom management aren’t strong instructional. I would never assume…

By Rann Miller

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Posted Dec. 1, 2020

Why I Gave My Son Permission to Drop Out of High School

We see a child in a maple treeWe’re watching him climb,You and I.You say, “Come down,You’ll hurt yourself!”I say, “Go upYou’re touching the sky!” –…

By Alina Adams

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