Lawsuit: NY Teacher Tenure Deprives Children

NEW YORK (AP) -

An education advocacy group has filed a lawsuit arguing that New York’s teacher tenure laws are unconstitutional because they violate the state Constitution’s guarantee of a “sound basic education” by making it difficult to fire bad teachers.

The lawsuit was filed Thursday in State Supreme Court on Staten Island against city and state education officials. The plaintiffs are 11 students whose parents belong to New York City’s Parents Union.

Dozens of states have moved in recent years to weaken or throw out their seniority policies. Last month, a judge ruled that California’s tenure protections for public school teachers were unconstitutional since tenure and seniority policies made it virtually impossible to fire bad teachers.