Vergara: Don't blame teachers

06/11/2014 3:06 PM

06/12/2014 7:55 AM

Re "Key teacher protections violate California's constitution, judge rules" (June 10): Educators who have been following the Beatriz Vergara trial attacking teacher rights are frankly dumbfounded by the judge's decision released this week. The corporate-backed, anti-union plaintiffs in this case failed to show the challenged laws have harmed a single student, while defense witnesses, including respected superintendents, principals, and nationally recognized education policy experts, all showed that these laws work solidly in well-run school districts and help ensure a quality and stable teaching pool in our schools.

After years of massive budget cuts, layoffs, class size increases, and the decimation of school libraries, counselors, and important programs like art and music, educators are tired of attacks like Vergara that blame teachers first, instead of addressing the real problems facing our schools.

We look forward to taking this case forward on appeal, and believe the evidence and the law are on the side of educators and students. -- Michael Troiano, Folsom

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