Plaintiffs Urge Judge to Let Case Against Teacher Tenure Proceed

By Beth Fertig

“Lawyers representing the state, New York City, teachers and principals all urged a Staten Island judge on Wednesday to dismiss a lawsuit challenging teacher tenure.

The suit was brought by two groups of parents who claim the rights of students to a sound, basic education under New York state law have been violated because the tenure system makes it too hard to get rid of bad teachers. But lawyers representing the city and state argued that the state’s sound basic education law is really about a minimum level of funding, not teacher quality.”

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