New York City Teacher Tenure Dispute in Court

By Leslie Brody
The Wall Street Journal

“A justice in state Supreme Court on Staten Island heard arguments Wednesday on whether two lawsuits to overturn New York teacher tenure laws should proceed.

After a two-hour hearing in which he peppered lawyers for seven parties with questions, Justice Philip Minardo said all presented “well-argued” positions. Lawyers said they expected his written ruling in several weeks.

The lawsuits promoted by Partnership for Educational Justice and the New York City Parents Union say excessive tenure protections make it too costly to remove incompetent teachers, and violate students’ right to a sound basic education.”

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