November 2 | The Educated Guess

L.A. Unified suit says problem is will to enforce it

By John Fensterwald

The Stull Act, the 40-year-old teacher evaluation law that school reformers had dismissed as useless, may have a second wind.

In a suit with statewide implications, parents backed by an advocacy group are suing Los Angeles Unified and its teachers union, claiming that state law requires that statewide standardized tests must be used in the evaluation of teachers. That law is the Stull Act.

The suit, filed Tuesday in Los Angeles County Superior Court by a half-dozen unnamed parents backed by Sacramento-based EdVoice, seeks an order requiring the district to immediately start using measures of student performance in evaluating teachers and administrators. "Forty years of deliberate and calculated non-compliance with such a key State requirement is enough," it says.

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