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Will California’s Ruling Against Teacher Tenure Change Schools?

On Tuesday, California Superior Court judge Rolf Treu ruled that the state’s teacher tenure system discriminates against kids from low-income families.The ruling, in Vergara v. California, has the potential to overturn five state laws governing how long it takes for a teacher to earn tenure; the legal maneuvers necessary to remove a tenured teacher; and which teachers are laid off first in the event of budget cuts or school closings.

Is the premise of Treu’s ruling correct? Will axing tenure and seniority lead directly to better test scores and higher lifetime earnings for poor kids?