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April 19, 2016

Why I'm Not Outraged by the Vergara Reversal

Last week, the California appellate court overturned Judge Rolf Treu's decision in Vergara v. California. I know I'm supposed to be outraged about the reversal, as plenty of people are. But I'm not.

March 31, 2016

The Aftermath of Friedrichs v. California Teachers Association

The recent Supreme Court split decision in Friedrichs v. California Teachers Association may have some impact for future education issues in the court.

June 30, 2014

Gay Marriage and Vergara

School reformers explaining why I should be more enthusiastic about Vergara and the copycat lawsuits being filed in New York and elsewhere have repeatedly drawn a parallel to gay marriage. Without wading into the gay marriage debate, I'll just note three big problems with the analogy.

June 11, 2014

My Take on the Vergara Verdict

There's lots and lots to be said on Vergara. I don't feel inclined to join the pile, so I'll make three points and then call it. The bottom line: I agree with the verdict but am worried about where this leads.

July 12, 2013

Vallas, Bridgeport, & Licensure: One More Thing

Several folks have written regarding yesterday's post on the Vallas situation in Bridgeport to argue that the judge got the ruling wrong. They assert that the law was indeed modified and that Vallas complied with the new requirements. It's a Friday afternoon in the summer, so let's keep this short ...

July 11, 2013

The Bridgeport Mess: Vallas Camp Is Right on Merits, Not on Law

Yesterday, a Superior Court judge ruled that Bridgeport Superintendent of Schools Paul Vallas must resign his post immediately. It was the latest development in a saga that's stretched over the past few weeks, and that will continue as Vallas appeals that decision. The problem? Vallas lacks the adm...

June 29, 2012

Edu-Implications of Yesterday's Supreme Court 7-2 Medicaid Ruling

Yesterday, the Supreme Court upheld the bulk of President Obama's health care reform. Amidst the drama, it was easy to overlook SCOTUS's 7-2 ruling to strike down the Affordable Care Act's Medicaid expansion. Yet, that ruling had some important implications for education. The Court limited Uncle Sam...

March 23, 2011

How's This for a New ED Motto? "Qualified Subs Are Good Enough"

The Washington Post's Jerry Markon reports today on the Obama administration's decision to file a civil rights lawsuit against a small Chicago-area district for refusing to grant a three-week leave of absence to its only math lab instructor during its end-of-semester marking period. The teacher, 29...


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