By Alejandra Matos | StarTribune
“State and school district lawyers asked a Ramsey County judge Thursday to dismiss a lawsuit that alleges state laws protect ineffective teachers.
The lawsuit, filed in April, alleges that state laws, such as the Teacher Tenure Act, grant layoff protection to teachers after three years on the job, require a lengthy procedure to fire them and set up a system where teachers with less seniority are fired first regardless of their performance, known as Last in First Out.
The plaintiffs in the case, known as Forslund vs. Minnesota, are four mothers from Duluth, St. Paul and Minneapolis. Their suit seeks to have state tenure and dismissal laws ruled unconstitutional, claiming they violate the state’s constitutional guarantee to a ‘thorough and efficient’ education.”