The California Supreme Court refused Wednesday to overturn an appellate court ruling invalidating a landmark settlement that would have exempted dozens of struggling Los Angeles Unified schools from seniority-based layoffs.
Los Angeles Unified had asked the high court to review a 2-1 decision issued in August by the 2nd District Court of Appeal. That ruling sided with United Teachers Los Angeles, which claimed it had not been allowed to argue sufficiently against the consent decree reached by education advocacy groups and the district.
UTLA said the settlement trampled on its collective bargaining rights and violated teachers' rights to due process.
"From the beginning, the solutions that were proposed by the petitioners missed the point about what it takes to stabilize struggling inner-city schools. The voice of teachers, through their union, was silenced in the writing of the settlement. As a result, what could have been an important discussion on how to help our schools of greatest need was preempted."