Statement by Governor Jeb Bush on
Vergara v. California Final Judgment
TALLAHASSEE, FL – Today, former Florida Governor Jeb Bush, Chairman of the Foundation for Excellence in Education (ExcelinEd), released the following statement regarding California Superior Court Judge Rolf Treu’s final judgment in the education equality trial, Vergara v. California.
“Today’s final judgment issued by Judge Treu represents a landmark victory in upholding the constitutional right of California’s students to effective classroom teachers. I applaud Judge Treu on his verdict and commend the families who persevered and triumphed over the entrenched special interests of the education establishment.
“Unfortunately, the teachers’ union reaction underscores their resistance to putting the needs of students in the system ahead of protecting the status quo. Research shows when disadvantaged children end up in the classrooms of ineffective teachers, they fall further behind, only widening an achievement gap that all-too-quickly can become impossible to close. Giving every child the opportunity and tools to succeed should be our highest priority. Their access to success should not be bargained away in union negotiations that aspire to mediocrity and penalize excellent teachers.
“Sixty years ago, the U.S. Supreme Court decision in Brown v. Board of Education demanded an equal education for all students. However, for too many children across America that promise remains elusive. I hope this case encourages states and local districts to advance accountability policies that reward and incentivize effective teaching so every child has access to a quality education.”
Background: On June 10, 2014, the court struck down a series of laws that “disproportionally affect poor and/or minority students” by violating their state constitutional guarantees of an adequate public education. On May 2012, with the help of Students Matter, nine students in California public schools filed Vergara v. California asserting their right to effective teachers. To learn more visit www.StudentsMatter.org.