The California Supreme Court was divided 4-3 in its decision to let the state's teacher tenure law stand.
Three justices said Monday the court was wrong not to review a lower court ruling that upheld tenure and other job protections for teachers.
Associate Justice Goodwin Liu said the case affected millions of students statewide and presented a significant legal issue that the lower court likely got wrong. Associate Justice Mariano-Florentino Cuellar echoed those concerns in a separate dissent.
The high court said Monday it will not take up a lawsuit by a group of students who claimed that incompetent teachers were almost impossible to fire because of tenure laws and that schools in poor neighborhoods were dumping grounds for bad teachers. The decision leaves in place a lower court's court ruling that upheld tenure and other job protections for teachers.
The California Teachers Association and the Eric Heins, President of the California Teachers Association, have been tweeting about their support for the ruling.
This decision affirms that educator rights do not harm students. Time to move on, work together & face the real issues facing #publicschools— CA Teachers Assoc. (@WeAreCTA) August 22, 2016
BREAKING: In a victory for students and educators, the Supreme Court of CA announced it will not review the #Vergara v. California lawsuit.— CA Teachers Assoc. (@WeAreCTA) August 22, 2016
It?s time to get back to real issues facing public schools, work together to improve student learning & support art of teaching -@EricHeins— CA Teachers Assoc. (@WeAreCTA) August 22, 2016
This is a good day for students & educators as this brings an end to the case brought by wealthy anti-public ed. millionaires. -@EricHeins— CA Teachers Assoc. (@WeAreCTA) August 22, 2016
The appeals court said in its decision in April that the students had failed to show California's hiring and firing rules were unconstitutional.
The ruling overturned a 2014 Los Angeles Superior Court judge's decision that sided with the students.