Lawsuit seeks to empower schools to fire bad teachers

Should California’s schools be able to fire ineffective teachers? This is the subject of Vergara v. California, which asks the court to declare unconstitutional several California laws that hinder schools’ ability to fire ineffective teachers. For example, one challenged law … Continue reading

Failing public schools selfishly try to prevent students from transferring to better schools

In my home-state, the largest and worst school district has 15 vacant school buildings, down from 27 a few years ago.  Maintaining these buildings costs taxpayers in the City of Milwaukee almost three-quarters of a million dollars each year.  The … Continue reading

Common Core doth protest too much

A nationalized school curriculum would be bad enough if it were constrained to public schools, but the latest Common Core developments show that the purported “standards” threaten to standardize not just the curriculums of traditional public schools, but charter schools, … Continue reading

California’s under-performing schools highlight need for school choice

California’s K-12 students have some of the lowest standardized test scores in the nation.  Further, the performance gap separating white students from their black and Hispanic classmates is larger in California than it is nationwide.  California’s children are suffering, but … Continue reading

President’s weekly report — November 15, 2013

Equality Under the Law Program — Disparate Impact We have mixed emotions about the settlement in Township of Mt. Holly v. Mt. Holly Gardens.  This is the case where homeowner challengers to a redevelopment plan brought a “disparate impact” claim … Continue reading

The survival of California charter schools is at stake

Yesterday, PLF filed this brief in California Charter Schools Association v. Los Angeles Unified School District.  It is impossible to overstate how important this case is for the future of charter schools in California.  The issue in this case is whether … Continue reading