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Teachers unions head back to court to fight for tenure rights




People for and against unions hold up signs in front of the US Supreme Court building January 11, 2016 in Washington, DC.
People for and against unions hold up signs in front of the US Supreme Court building January 11, 2016 in Washington, DC.
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Teachers unions will go to appeals court Thursday to regain job protections that were lost in the landmark 2014 case, Vergara v. California.

In the original case, nine public schools students argued that teacher tenure was a threat to their constitutional right to a public education. If teachers unions lose the appeal, changes could include laying off teachers based on job performance instead of seniority and putting a less complicated process in place to fire them.

The California Teachers Association, the California Federation of Teachers and other state officials who filed the appeal argue that the previous ruling may discourage talented teachers from entering the workforce. Larry Mantle discusses the case today and what we expect to see in court Thursday.

Guest:           

Steve Barr, founder of Green Dot Public Schools, a charter school organization. He also heads the nonprofit school reform organization, Future Is Now Schools

Joshua Pechthalt, president of the California Federation of Teachers