Teacher Tenure Lawsuit Being Filed in New York


It looks like the fight over teacher tenure will hit the courts on Monday.

A newly-formed group says it will file a lawsuit, challenging New York State Law.  As News 8 first reported last month, a group called "The Partnership for Educational Justice" claims teacher tenure laws are unconstitutional.  The group claims that the law makes it too expensive to fire bad teachers, and because of that, poor and minority children are hurt.

The lawsuit is being filed by seven families, including some from Rochester.  Opponents say teacher teunure is nothing more than a guarantee of due process, and that the lawsuit is an unfair attack on teachers.  Under state law, teachers receive tenure after three years of service.  After that, they can't be fired without a disciplinary hearing or a settlement.


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