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The American Federation of Teachers blasted the California ruling. “It’s surprising that the court, which used its bully pulpit when it came to criticizing teacher protections, did not spend one second discussing funding inequities, school segregation, high poverty or any other out-of-school or in-school factors that are proven to affect student achievement and our children,” said AFT President Randi Weingarten.
The group that filed the California lawsuit, Students Matter, was backed by a Silicon Valley millionaire and represented by a legal team that included attorneys who successfully overturned the state’s gay marriage ban.
Specht cited the millions of dollars in legal fees poured into the case, which she says ultimately won’t help schools, teachers or students.
“Think about what a million dollars could do for a school district,” she said. “You could lower class sizes at some schools with that kind of money. To me, that’s what we should be focused on — efforts that support education.”
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