Closing arguments heard in public school students’ case against California

03/28/2014 // West Palm Beach, Florida, US // JusticeNewsFlash // Justice News Flash // (press release)

California – Closing arguments were presented in Vergara v. California on Thursday. As reported by, in the case brought by several public school students against California, the plaintiffs allege that current state tenure laws deny students their equal opportunity rights.

The plaintiffs’ lead co-counsel, Marcellus McRae is quoted as stating during closing arguments, “Just because you have a license doesn’t mean you can win the Indy 500. Just because you have a credential doesn’t mean you are an effective teacher. That argument is done.”

The lawsuit asserts that five legal statutes in the state of California hinder public education by allowing ineffective teachers to remain in the classroom.

Plaintiff Elizabeth Vergara, who is a high school junior, stated of the issue during a press conference after the conclusion of the trial, “Right now we are kids and we can’t do this alone. We need good teachers in schools to help us.”

The state is currently awaiting the final decision of Superior Court Judge Rolf Treu in the case.

This report is provided by Justice News Flash – California Legal News

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