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June 11, 2014 at 5:00 AM

Will California ruling on teacher seniority have an impact here?

Attorney Glenn Rothner speaks during a press conference after an L.A. County Superior Court judge ruled Tuesday that key job protections for California teachers violate the state's constitution. Photo by Francine Orr / Los Angeles Times.

Attorney Glenn Rothner speaks during a press conference after an L.A. County Superior Court judge ruled Tuesday that key job protections for California teachers violate the state’s constitution. Photo by Francine Orr / Los Angeles Times.

Some in this state have been closely watching the landmark California case in which a judge ruled on Tuesday in favor of nine students who challenged state laws governing the hiring and firing of California’s teachers.

The Los Angeles Superior Court judge struck down a number of those laws, agreeing they violated the students’ constitution rights because they helped incompetent teachers keep their jobs.

The group that helped bring the case to court, Students Matter, was quoted in The New York Times on Tuesday saying it is open to funding similar lawsuits.

At least one group says there may be interest here.

“People who are concerned about educational inequity in this state want to examine all the options around how we address inequity,” said Dave Powell, executive director of the Washington chapter of Stand for Children, an advocacy group.

“The court system is one viable way to do that. The California case puts momentum behind that idea.”

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