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Vergara v. State of California Decision Reversed

Now we must return to working on real education solutions for all students

WASHINGTON - April 14, 2016 -

Today the California Court of Appeal in Los Angeles reversed the lower court’s decision Vergara v. State of California, and reaffirmed that California’s system for attracting and retaining quality teachers is consistent with the state constitution.

The following statement can be attributed to NEA President Lily Eskelsen García:

“Today was a win for our educators, our schools and most importantly, our students.

"Now we must return to working on real solutions to ensure all of our students succeed. Only when teachers, school boards, and administrators work together can we ensure that there is a great public school for every student.

"The Vergara v. State of California lawsuit was an example of using our court system for political goals. The unanimous three-judge panel's opinion states it clearly. The plaintiffs' case--instead of addressing and proposing solutions to the real problems--focused on the wrong issues, proposed the wrong solutions, and used the wrong legal process. It was not about helping students and has become a divisive distraction from the real work needed to improve student success.

“Ensuring that every student gets a good education is a critical goal but one that can’t be solved with stripping our teachers of their rights. Today was a win for our educators, our schools and most importantly, our students."

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