Judge: Students’ Needs More Important than Teachers’ Seniority

In what could become a landmark decision that permanently alters education in California, a Southern California judge has ruled that Los Angeles public schools can ignore seniority when laying off teachers, because the needs of low-income and minority students are paramount. The case was brought by the ACLU who argued that seniority rules force districts to lay off newer instructors who typically work at schools in low-income areas, resulting in a revolving door of teachers at those schools. Low-income and minority children, as a result, are deprived equal access to a quality education.

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