Recent Lawsuits Challenging Tenure and Pure-Seniority Based Layoffs - Event Audio

2013 Annual Western Conference

February 13, 2013

Theodore J. Boutrous, Jeremy B. Rosen, Richard J. Schwab, Andrew J. Guilford, Eugene B. Meyer

The following audio was recorded on January 26, 2013.

Recent Lawsuits Challenging Tenure and Pure-Seniority Based Layoffs 1-26-13
Running Time: 01:28:04
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empty classroomRecent lawsuits have been filed in California challenging the state’s system of tenure and pure-seniority based layoffs. Students Matter recently filed a lawsuit in California seeking to overturn the rules governing the tenure system, which require schools to decide after 18 months whether a teacher deserves tenure, before a performance has been fully documented; to lay off teachers based almost solely on seniority; and to go through a protracted appeals process before laying off a teacher for poor performance. These lawsuits follow earlier suits concerning barring seniority-based lawsuits and the use of student performance in teacher reviews. How will this litigation affect education reform in California? Do other legal impediments stand in the way of a student receiving a quality education? How will the California’s teachers union affect these lawsuits? Do unions impede efforts to remove poor performing teachers, or are they a needed safeguard to ensure both a quality education for students and professional rights for educators?

Panel Two: Recent Lawsuits Challenging Tenure and Pure-Seniority Based Layoffs
12:15 p.m. – 2:15 p.m.

  • Mr. Theodore J. Boutrous, Jr., Gibson Dunn & Crutcher
  • Mr. Jeremy Rosen, Horvitz & Levy
  • Mr. Richard J. Schwab, Trygstad, Schwab & Trygstad
  • Moderator: Judge Andrew Guilford, U.S. District Court, Central District of California
  • Introduction: Mr. Eugene B. Meyer, President, The Federalist Society

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