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The Wall Street Journal: Teachers’ tenure handed big victory from California Supreme Court

Teacher unions won a big victory Monday after the California Supreme Court let stand a ruling that provides greater job protections to teachers based on tenure.

Nine students who attend California public schools had sued the state, alleging that current statutes make it hard to get rid of “grossly ineffective teachers.” They argued the rules caused “significant educational harm” and widening achievement gaps for minority students.

In April, an appeals court reversed a lower-court decision that found the state’s teacher-tenure laws were unconstitutional and kept students from getting a good education. The state Supreme Court denied the plaintiffs’ petition for a review.

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