by Richard Berman
Capital Research Center
July 07, 2014
Labor Watch
In 1954, the U.S. Supreme Court issued the landmark decision Brown v. Board of Education, which struck down racially segregated schools because they were inherently unequal and they unjustly harmed poor and minority children. Last month, a California court cited Brown as it struck down multiple state laws, passed at the behest of teachers’ unions, which the court said unjustly protected incompetent teachers and unconscionably harmed children, especially the least fortunate. The decision represents a major victory of children’s interests over teachers’ unions, which have long sought to keep teachers on the payroll regardless of whether or not they are doing their duty to students. While California offers hope, supporters of better education cannot rely on judges to fix America’s schools. Parents and teachers must join together to eliminate teacher tenure systems that protect bad teachers and that divert our best teachers away from the students who need them.



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