On March 4, Los Angeles County Superior Judge Rolf Treu rejected a motion to dismiss the case and continue the state’s education trial where nine students are challenging the laws over teacher job protection. The suit, filed on behalf of Beatriz Vergara, a Los Angeles high school student, and eight other public school students, claims that the law protects poor-performing teachers assigned to working with low-income, minority children. The trial has resumed and will likely last for several months. Dean answered some questions about the case and its relevance to education today.

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