ERIC Number: EJ1103367
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2016-Jun
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 110
Interest Groups, the Courts, and Educational Equality: A Policy Regimes Approach to "Vergara v. California"
Superfine, Benjamin Michael; Thompson, Alea R.
American Educational Research Journal, v53 n3 p573-604 Jun 2016
In "Vergara v. California" (2014), a trial-level court ruled that California laws governing teacher tenure and dismissal were unconstitutional. This study analyzes "Vergara" in light of the shifting use of the courts to promote equal educational opportunities and the changing power bases of educational interest groups, including educational advocacy groups and teacher unions. This study particularly uses policy regimes theory to analyze the relationship between political interests, ideas, and institutions and highlights how the case represents an inversion of how educational interest groups have traditionally used the courts as vehicles for effecting education reform. Grounded in this analysis, this study explores legal and policy implications for both courts and reformers acting in this new context.
Descriptors: Court Litigation, Educational Policy, Politics of Education, Educational Change, Equal Education, Advocacy, Unions, Educational Legislation, State Legislation, Tenure, Teacher Dismissal, Case Studies, Desegregation Litigation, School Desegregation, Educational Finance, Urban Schools
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Identifiers - Location: California; Kentucky; New Jersey
Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: Abbott v Burke; Brown v Board of Education; Milliken v Bradley