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June 11, 2014
Contact: Alexandra Freeze

Association of American Educators Reacts to Vergara v. California Decision

Alexandria, VA–In a sweeping victory for education reformers in California, a Los Angeles Superior Court judge ruled yesterday that state laws governing teacher tenure protections are unconstitutional.

Following the news, AAE Executive Director Gary Beckner issued the following statement:

"Vergara v. California is a step in the right direction for commonsense education reform nationwide. While AAE doesn't support the outright elimination of tenure, members find these cumbersome policies outdated and are embracing accountability measures like never before.

Our member educators are in agreement that the current tenure system is not working and teachers should not be fired solely based on seniority. For example:

  • 81% of AAE members do not believe tenure is necessary to perform their job effectively.
  • 80% of our members disagree that achieving tenure indicates an effective teacher.
  • 77% of AAE teachers do not support lay-offs solely based on seniority (Last in, First Out LIFO).

This decision is a chance for the state to pass tenure reforms that balance the needs of students with teachers' due process rights. Moving forward, AAE is happy to support a new system that properly honors teachers as professionals."

The Association of American Educators (AAE) is the largest national, non-union, professional educator's organization, advancing the profession by offering a modern approach to teacher representation and educational advocacy, as well as promoting professionalism, collaboration and excellence without a partisan agenda. AAE members are forward-thinking professionals who are committed to student-centered reform efforts including school/teacher choice, accountability and technology. AAE has members in all 50 states and welcomes professionals from all education entities. Membership is $15 per month which includes $2 million professional liability insurance, employment rights coverage, professional development resources as well as a host of other benefits. Visit for further information.