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Local educators react to teacher tenure ruling

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SAN DIEGO (CBS 8) - Teachers in San Diego are reacting to a controversial ruling. Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge Rolf Treu struck down teacher tenure in California, saying the system protects bad educators.

The ruling states union protections against firing ineffective teachers does a disservice to students - especially low income and minority ones.

“We finally, finally have the opportunity to redefine our system and recognize the hard work put in my effective teachers,” said one teacher.

Opponents argue those rules protect free education, preventing administrators from firing teachers they don't like.

The ruling also strikes down the so-called 'last in, first out' rule, which uses seniority to dictate which teachers are laid off - regardless of their skill level.

Union leaders plan to appeal.


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