LOS ANGELES (AP) — A Los Angeles judge has approved a settlement that shields 40 local schools from the long-standing policy of laying off teachers by a last-hired-first-fired seniority policy.

Superior Court Judge William Highberger ruled Friday that the settlement of a case brought by the American Civil Liberties Union of Southern California against the state in February is valid. The teachers union United Teachers Los Angeles opposed the settlement.

The ACLU sued on grounds that students’ constitutional right to a quality education was being violated by policies that dictate teacher layoffs by seniority.

The lawsuit cited recent layoffs in the Los Angeles Unified School District that decimated young teaching staffs at three inner-city schools, leaving classes to substitutes and creating an environment where students could not learn.

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Comments (3)
  1. jonolan says:

    What constitutional right to a quality education?

    That’s the biggest problem with the ACLU. They lie consistently and stupidly.

  2. Doug says:

    Wow! I fianally agree with the ACLU on something.

  3. Richard says:

    About time! This is a prime example of how the teacher’s union only really cares about their own.

    Usually I don’t see eye to eye with the ACLU, but for once they actually got it right. After secretly paring down the integration that the PWT (permits with transportation, aka the school bus) program provided for over 30 years, the teachers union thought that there wouldn’t be a public outcry over their attempt to take us back to the days of “seperate but equal”. Not saying that it was their intent, but if the results are the same… ? Hey, I call a spaid a spaid.

    Growing up in the inner city myself, it was hard enough going to a school everyday where the threat of violence often overshadowed your classwork. Throw in there the fact that many of these schools are often neglected, underfunded, don’t have updated or an adequate number of textbooks and what you have on your hand is a “drop out factory” just waiting to happen.

    Couple that with young teachers that may not know what they’re doing all the time, and tenured teachers that seem like they’ve been run out of the better performing schools for one reason or another, and these kids already don’t stand a chance. That’s why my mom insisted on bussing me out to the suburbs for jr high and high school, and I immediately saw the difference.

    Inner city schools have always bore the brunt of the pain. It’s about time that the suburbs join them, irregards to what some UTLA contract dictates.

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