June 14 | Wall Street Journal

By ERICA E. PHILLIPS and STEPHANIE BANCHERO

Los Angeles teacher April Bain says she backs using tests to evaluate teachers, something her union opposes.

In the past three years, at least 30 states have begun to use student achievement to evaluate teachers, spurred in part by President Barack Obama's Race to the Top education initiative as well as by some Republican governors. California isn't one of them.

That could change after a ruling by a Los Angeles County Superior Court judge. At a hearing Tuesday, Judge James Chalfant said the Los Angeles Unified School District, one of the nation's largest, violated California's Stull Act, a 41-year-old law that requires teacher evaluations to take into consideration the performance of students.

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