NEW YORK – Today, in response to the denial of the motion to dismiss in the Wright v. New York case challenging teacher tenure and dismissal polices, Partnership for Educational Justice Executive Director Ralia Polechronis released the following statement:
“Justice Minardo’s re-affirmation that the Wright v. New York case should continue to move forward is a major victory for New York students. Twice, the defendants, including the State of New York, have tried to throw out parents and students’ claims, and twice, the court has sided with those trying to make sure all New York students get the education they deserve. While the defendants have repeatedly tried to dispose of this case, today’s decision affirms the fact that the brave parents and children who brought this suit deserve their day in court. The fight for educational justice must continue in order to give our students the education they are guaranteed under the state constitution. The State’s and union’s actions to get rid of this lawsuit are part and parcel of attempts to hinder reform and chip away at efforts to bring real change for students.
“The court has sided with New York parents today, confirming that New York families cannot wait idly for our institutions and politicians to make real changes. Indeed, the judge clearly stated that ‘In this case, the legislature’s marginal changes affecting, e.g., the term of probation and/or the disciplinary proceedings applicable to teachers, are insufficient to’ prevent this case from moving forward.
“When it comes to the persisting achievement gap in our schools the time is now to give all students an opportunity to succeed.
“The plaintiffs are eager to move forward to have their day in court. They will prove that New York’s antiquated education policies have robbed students across the state of the opportunity to succeed and shed light on the full impact of teacher quality in our schools.”
The full ruling can be read here.