Challenging the Tenure Laws in New York State: Why or Why Not?

Davids vs. New York, a highly publicized lawsuit challenging New York’s teacher tenure and seniority laws, is underway. Plaintiffs contend that the current laws violate children’s constitutional right to a sound, basic education by keeping ineffective teachers in classrooms; defendants claim the lawsuit is a spurious attempt to destroy hard-won protections for the state’s teaching profession. On March 26, we will host a discussion with lawyers who represent both sides: Devora Allon (Kirkland & Ellis) and Keith Gross (NYSUT General Counsel).