Policy: Labor

California judge could change teacher job security

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Education,Labor unions,Labor,California

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A judge plans to announce a decision Tuesday that could be a game changer for California teachers whose job security is on the line.

Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge Rolf Treu, whose ruling is due on Tuesday, heard two months of testimony in a lawsuit filed by students who claim the state's teacher tenure rules deprive them of a good education.

The suit says the system, which allows only two years for evaluation before a teacher is hired permanently, makes it almost impossible to fire ineffective teachers.

Lawyers for the teachers object to proposed changes that they say will allow the firing of teachers on a whim. They argue the current system preserves academic freedom and helps attract talented teachers to a profession that doesn't pay well.

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