|By PR Newswire||
|March 27, 2014 05:10 PM EDT||
LOS ANGELES, March 27, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Referencing former U.S. Supreme Court Chief Justice Earl Warren and California Supreme Court Justice Donald Wright and their historic roles in Brown v. Board of Education and Serrano v. Priest, presiding judge, the Hon. Rolf M. Treu, opened closing arguments in the education equality trial Vergara v. California today.
In a full courtroom at the Stanley Mosk Courthouse in Los Angeles, the parties in Vergara v. California presented their closing arguments in a landmark case that will decide the fate of five provisions of the California Education Code. Over the course of the two-month trial that concludes this afternoon, parents, teachers, principals, superintendents, and education experts provided emotional testimony about the pernicious harms that these five statutes impose on students, families, and communities across the State.
Nine California school children, with the help of a national education non-profit called Students Matter, filed the lawsuit nearly two years ago against the State of California, Governor Edmund G. Brown, Jr., the California Department of Education, the State Board of Education, and State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson. Led by Theodore J. Boutrous, Jr. and Marcellus A. McRae, attorneys from the law firm of Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP represented Plaintiffs in bringing their constitutional challenge. In May 2013, the California Teachers Association and the California Federation of Teachers intervened in the action to defend the laws at issue in this case.
Plaintiffs' case challenges five state laws that force school district administrators to push passionate, inspiring teachers out of the school system and keep grossly ineffective teachers in front of students year after year. Specifically, the laws in question (1) force school districts to make teacher tenure decisions before they can determine with any measure of accuracy whether teachers are or will be effective at advancing student learning; (2) make the process to dismiss failing teachers so burdensome, time consuming, and costly that it is virtually impossible to dismiss ineffective teachers; and (3) require districts to engage in quality-blind layoffs based when layoffs are unavoidable.
Messrs. Boutrous and McRae delivered Plaintiffs' closing argument, which recapped the compelling evidence that Plaintiffs presented over the course of the trial. Watch testimony highlights, view the full witness list and read more trial highlights.
"Over the past eight weeks, Plaintiffs have presented overwhelming evidence that proves that the Challenged Statutes impose a real and appreciable impact on students' fundamental constitutional rights," said Mr. Boutrous. "The evidence is beyond dispute—these laws harm students each and every day."
During the Court's midday recess, Plaintiffs and several of the witnesses who testified during the case held a press conference, during which they described what this trial has meant to them.
"Being a part of this case has given me an opportunity to stand up for my education," said Plaintiff and high school junior Elizabeth Vergara. "It has been an amazing journey, and one that has already changed me forever ... My voice matters and I want other students to know that their voice matters too."
"I hope that after we win this case, every student in California will have the chance to learn from inspiring and life-changing teachers," said Plaintiff and high school senior Kate Elliott. "I'm proud to be a part of this case and to stand up for students across California."
Students Matter founder David F. Welch also spoke at the press conference and discussed his organization's vision for a student-centric education system. "It is my hope that this trial will lead to a paradigm shift in our education system. It is imperative that we start looking at education through the lens of children and asking ourselves: 'Is this really what's best for students?'" said Mr. Welch. "The purpose of the education system is to create a better future for all children. That's why we are here today and that's what Students Matter stands for."
Students Matter Advisory Board members Russlynn Ali and Maria Casillas also spoke.
"I have spent my entire career fighting inequality in education and finding solutions that will guarantee a quality public education for all students," said Ms. Ali, who previously served as Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights at the U.S. Department of Education under President Obama. "That's why we're all here today—because five California laws deny students access to the most driven and passionate teachers we have to offer them."
"Nine students brought this suit to fight for their education and change a broken system that doesn't work for them or any of the other six million children educated in California public schools. Their courage is truly inspiring," said Ms. Casillas, the former Chief of LAUSD's Parent and Community Services and a former teacher. "That's why I stand with these students today—because they are proof that we do not have to live with the status quo, that it can be challenged, that together we can all have a voice to rise up and make change."
Also speaking at the press conference was Bhavini Bhakta, a Common Core coach in the Arcadia Unified School District who testified on Plaintiffs' behalf at trial. Ms. Bhakta received the Golden Apple Teacher of the Year in 2009, but nevertheless received several layoff notices under the "Last-in, First-out" ("LIFO") Statute. "There is no doubt in my mind that these laws harm both students and teachers," said Ms. Bhakta. "We deserve a better education system, one that demonstrates the immense value and importance of teachers and puts students where they should be—at the center of education."
The press conference concluded with remarks from Plaintiffs' lead co-counsel, Marcellus McRae.
"With this case, we have affirmed that education is not a privilege limited to the few. It is a right that must be available to everyone," said Mr. McRae. "And we have fought the misconception that we have to choose between supporting our students and supporting our teachers. We don't. We can give our students an effective education and give teachers the respect and support they deserve."
Students Matter, a national non-profit organization dedicated to sponsoring impact litigation to promote access to quality public education, is the sole sponsor of Vergara v. California. Learn more at studentsmatter.org.
SOURCE Students Matter
The emerging Internet of Everything creates tremendous new opportunities for customer engagement and business model innovation. However, enterprises must overcome a number of critical challenges to bring these new solutions to market. In his session at @ThingsExpo, Michael Martin, CTO/CIO at nfrastructure, outlined these key challenges and recommended approaches for overcoming them to achieve speed and agility in the design, development and implementation of Internet of Everything solutions wi...
Aug. 31, 2016 02:15 AM EDT Reads: 2,274
Today we can collect lots and lots of performance data. We build beautiful dashboards and even have fancy query languages to access and transform the data. Still performance data is a secret language only a couple of people understand. The more business becomes digital the more stakeholders are interested in this data including how it relates to business. Some of these people have never used a monitoring tool before. They have a question on their mind like “How is my application doing” but no id...
Aug. 31, 2016 02:00 AM EDT Reads: 1,979
Cloud computing is being adopted in one form or another by 94% of enterprises today. Tens of billions of new devices are being connected to The Internet of Things. And Big Data is driving this bus. An exponential increase is expected in the amount of information being processed, managed, analyzed, and acted upon by enterprise IT. This amazing is not part of some distant future - it is happening today. One report shows a 650% increase in enterprise data by 2020. Other estimates are even higher....
Aug. 31, 2016 01:45 AM EDT Reads: 3,073
Smart Cities are here to stay, but for their promise to be delivered, the data they produce must not be put in new siloes. In his session at @ThingsExpo, Mathias Herberts, Co-founder and CTO of Cityzen Data, will deep dive into best practices that will ensure a successful smart city journey.
Aug. 31, 2016 01:00 AM EDT Reads: 1,703
Identity is in everything and customers are looking to their providers to ensure the security of their identities, transactions and data. With the increased reliance on cloud-based services, service providers must build security and trust into their offerings, adding value to customers and improving the user experience. Making identity, security and privacy easy for customers provides a unique advantage over the competition.
Aug. 30, 2016 08:15 PM EDT Reads: 2,491
Qosmos has announced new milestones in the detection of encrypted traffic and in protocol signature coverage. Qosmos latest software can accurately classify traffic encrypted with SSL/TLS (e.g., Google, Facebook, WhatsApp), P2P traffic (e.g., BitTorrent, MuTorrent, Vuze), and Skype, while preserving the privacy of communication content. These new classification techniques mean that traffic optimization, policy enforcement, and user experience are largely unaffected by encryption. In respect wit...
Aug. 30, 2016 08:00 PM EDT Reads: 1,930
SYS-CON Events announced today that 910Telecom will exhibit at the 19th International Cloud Expo, which will take place on November 1–3, 2016, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA. Housed in the classic Denver Gas & Electric Building, 910 15th St., 910Telecom is a carrier-neutral telecom hotel located in the heart of Denver. Adjacent to CenturyLink, AT&T, and Denver Main, 910Telecom offers connectivity to all major carriers, Internet service providers, Internet backbones and ...
Aug. 30, 2016 08:00 PM EDT Reads: 2,031
SYS-CON Events announced today that Pulzze Systems will exhibit at the 19th International Cloud Expo, which will take place on November 1–3, 2016, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA. Pulzze Systems, Inc. provides infrastructure products for the Internet of Things to enable any connected device and system to carry out matched operations without programming. For more information, visit http://www.pulzzesystems.com.
Aug. 30, 2016 07:15 PM EDT Reads: 368
There is growing need for data-driven applications and the need for digital platforms to build these apps. In his session at 19th Cloud Expo, Muddu Sudhakar, VP and GM of Security & IoT at Splunk, will cover different PaaS solutions and Big Data platforms that are available to build applications. In addition, AI and machine learning are creating new requirements that developers need in the building of next-gen apps. The next-generation digital platforms have some of the past platform needs a...
Aug. 30, 2016 07:00 PM EDT Reads: 938
Data is an unusual currency; it is not restricted by the same transactional limitations as money or people. In fact, the more that you leverage your data across multiple business use cases, the more valuable it becomes to the organization. And the same can be said about the organization’s analytics. In his session at 19th Cloud Expo, Bill Schmarzo, CTO for the Big Data Practice at EMC, will introduce a methodology for capturing, enriching and sharing data (and analytics) across the organizati...
Aug. 30, 2016 06:15 PM EDT Reads: 377
DevOps at Cloud Expo – being held November 1-3, 2016, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA – announces that its Call for Papers is open. Born out of proven success in agile development, cloud computing, and process automation, DevOps is a macro trend you cannot afford to miss. From showcase success stories from early adopters and web-scale businesses, DevOps is expanding to organizations of all sizes, including the world's largest enterprises – and delivering real results. Am...
Aug. 30, 2016 05:45 PM EDT Reads: 3,596
Traditional on-premises data centers have long been the domain of modern data platforms like Apache Hadoop, meaning companies who build their business on public cloud were challenged to run Big Data processing and analytics at scale. But recent advancements in Hadoop performance, security, and most importantly cloud-native integrations, are giving organizations the ability to truly gain value from all their data. In his session at 19th Cloud Expo, David Tishgart, Director of Product Marketing ...
Aug. 30, 2016 05:00 PM EDT Reads: 905
Fact: storage performance problems have only gotten more complicated, as applications not only have become largely virtualized, but also have moved to cloud-based infrastructures. Storage performance in virtualized environments isn’t just about IOPS anymore. Instead, you need to guarantee performance for individual VMs, helping applications maintain performance as the number of VMs continues to go up in real time. In his session at Cloud Expo, Dhiraj Sehgal, Product and Marketing at Tintri, wil...
Aug. 30, 2016 04:15 PM EDT Reads: 976
Internet of @ThingsExpo, taking place November 1-3, 2016, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA, is co-located with 19th Cloud Expo and will feature technical sessions from a rock star conference faculty and the leading industry players in the world. The Internet of Things (IoT) is the most profound change in personal and enterprise IT since the creation of the Worldwide Web more than 20 years ago. All major researchers estimate there will be tens of billions devices - comp...
Aug. 30, 2016 03:30 PM EDT Reads: 3,783
StarNet Communications Corp has announced the addition of three Secure Remote Desktop modules to its flagship X-Win32 PC X server. The new modules enable X-Win32 to safely tunnel the remote desktops from Linux and Unix servers to the user’s PC over encrypted SSH. Traditionally, users of PC X servers deploy the XDMCP protocol to display remote desktop environments such as the Gnome and KDE desktops on Linux servers and the CDE environment on Solaris Unix machines. XDMCP is used primarily on comp...
Aug. 30, 2016 03:00 PM EDT Reads: 873