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With Passionate Dissenters, CA Supreme Court Leaves Intact Teacher Due Process Laws and Rejects Constitutional Right to ‘Quality’ Education

August 29, 2016 by

In a closely watched case, and by a close vote, the California Supreme Court refused to find unconstitutional California’s teacher tenure, dismissal, and layoff statutes.  In Vergara v. State of California and the California Teachers… Read More

Public School Teachers Dodge Another Bullet (after Friedrichs) as the Court of Appeal Refuses to Void the Education Code in Vergara v. State of California

April 18, 2016 by

First, as a direct result of Judge Scalia’s unexpected demise, a four-four split on the U.S. Supreme Court granted a reprieve to public sector unions whose agency fees and opt-out provisions were on the chopping… Read More

Teacher Names Linked to Test Scores Ruled Exempt From Public Disclosure

August 25, 2014 by

Standardized testing in education is a contentious issue. Proponents of testing argue that it is necessary for evaluating both student and teacher performance. Opponents believe testing forces teachers to “teach to the test” which only… Read More

Republican Judge Slams Teacher Rights

June 12, 2014 by

An L.A. Superior Court Judge on June 10 upheld a lawsuit brought by a billionaire’s “non-profit” entity called “Students First.”  As part of the legal community that is dedicated to advocacy for the employment rights… Read More

Probationary Teacher’s Discriminatory Non-reelection Not Subject To Arbitration

July 12, 2009 by

The Public Employment Relations Board may order a school district to rehire a second-year, probationary teacher who was not rehired because of union activities, but an arbitrator may not, according to the court of appeal… Read More

Gearing Up For Widespread Teacher Layoffs

January 13, 2009 by

In recent years, layoff of school employees has unfortunately been an annual Spring ritual for many school districts, as the state budget battle has waxed and waned, impacting school budgets projections and leading districts to… Read More

Provisionally Credentialed Teachers’ Due-Process Rights Affirmed

June 13, 2007 by

Two recent Court of Appeal cases, one of which was filed by the Beeson firm, have clarified that teachers with provisional teaching credentials are entitled to due process and the right to preferential re-hire when… Read More

BTB Annual Legislative Roundup – Part One of Two

January 18, 2019 by , , , , and

The California Legislature passed several important labor and employment bills during the 2018 session that Governor Brown recently signed into law.  Here is a brief summary of the most notable changes grouped by subject.  All… Read More

Court Upholds Right to Picket on School Premises

April 23, 2018 by

In the seminal case, Tinker v. Des Moines Independent Community School District, the United States Supreme Court explained that “[i]t can hardly be argued that either students or teachers shed their constitutional rights to freedom… Read More

BTB Annual Legislative Round-up (4 of 4)

December 27, 2017 by

 Public Sector Right to Organize / Union Representation SB 285 – Prohibition on Dissuading Public Employee to Join a UnionThis bill prohibits a public employer from deterring or discouraging public employees from becoming or remaining… Read More