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Court Ruling In California Tenure Challenge Is Unlikely To Derail The Reform Movement

An appeals court decision this week upholding California’s teacher tenure and seniority rules leaves school reform forces at a crossroads as they press for changes across the nation.

The movement had made the Vergara case — which would have thrown out the nation’s most generous teacher employment protections — a centerpiece in their effort to remake schools.

Despite the defeat in California, nonprofit organizations and advocacy groups have scored victories in other states. But experts say making inroads has become harder recently as teachers’ unions have flexed their muscle locally and nationally.