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  • VIDEO: California legislator cuts off parent at teacher tenure hearing

    Assemblyman Patrick O'Donnell, D-Long Beach, limited speakers to one minute of testimony at a December, 15, 2015 legislative hearing on teacher issues, including tenure. Evelyn Macias, the mother of a plaintiff in the Vergara lawsuit, went beyond one minute and had her microphone shut off. A Los Angeles judge last year ruled in favor of the plaintiffs in the suit, but an appeals court on April 14, 2016, reversed the decision.

Assemblyman Patrick O'Donnell, D-Long Beach, limited speakers to one minute of testimony at a December, 15, 2015 legislative hearing on teacher issues, including tenure. Evelyn Macias, the mother of a plaintiff in the Vergara lawsuit, went beyond one minute and had her microphone shut off. A Los Angeles judge last year ruled in favor of the plaintiffs in the suit, but an appeals court on April 14, 2016, reversed the decision. Courtesy of the California Channel
Assemblyman Patrick O'Donnell, D-Long Beach, limited speakers to one minute of testimony at a December, 15, 2015 legislative hearing on teacher issues, including tenure. Evelyn Macias, the mother of a plaintiff in the Vergara lawsuit, went beyond one minute and had her microphone shut off. A Los Angeles judge last year ruled in favor of the plaintiffs in the suit, but an appeals court on April 14, 2016, reversed the decision. Courtesy of the California Channel
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Dan Walters: Sparks fly over California teacher lawsuit (with video)

December 15, 2015 04:31 PM

UPDATED December 16, 2015 09:58 AM

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