Important Update on Vergara v. State of California Lawsuit
This morning, as expected, the judge ruled in favor of the plaintiffs in the Vergara v. State of California
lawsuit and struck down all the statutes as unconstitutional. Take a look at the decision
. We believe today’s decision is deeply flawed. Along with the State of California and the California Federation of Teachers (CFT), we will appeal the decision.
The manufactured education group Students Matter is hailing this as a big win and the news media will likely characterize today’s decision as an immediate drastic change to Education Code. Please be reassured this is not the case! We will proceed with appealing the decision and a stay has been granted, meaning there will be no immediate change to current laws that will impact your employment.
All along we knew we had a strong case. Today’s ruling by the questionable judge does not change that. The judge’s ruling was scant, not based on evidence presented at trial. Our legal team is reviewing it now. There is nothing unconstitutional about due process rights for educators, a two-year probationary period, or experience-based layoffs. We know, firsthand, that experience enhances teacher effectiveness and increases student productivity at all grade levels. Both the law and the best interests of students are on our side.
Message and Talking Points
Once again, here are the talking points
that will help you talk to members about the case and today’s developments.
Letters to the Editor
We urge you to send in letters to the editor of your local newspaper by using these samples
Twitter and Facebook
There is a lot of activity on the social networks. Here
are some sample tweets and Facebook posts.
As we get more information about the decision we will post updates on the Vergara section
of the website.
Loss of the parcel tax will be a 4.4 million dollar loss to out district and destroy any chance of a raise or additional contributions to help off set health costs. It is crucial we get our folks out!! Remember we are not asking for any increase in tax and are only phoning known supporters. Please rally your staffs.
Please sign up to help with Phone banking at this website: http://www.yes-on-a.org/
Other ways to help:
1. District Walk – Saturday April 5 and 26. We will meet at the CEA office (where you phone banked). You can come anytime between 9 and noon to get a packet. You can walk for as little as 2 or 3 hours. Just pick up a packet on Saturday, and you’ll be instructed on how to walk the precinct.
2. Phone Bank!