Like Vergara v. California, Wright v. New York confronts a hard truth: laws put in place to protect teachers’ rights can sometimes hurt students. Do New York’s statutes making it nearly impossible to replace under-performing teachers hinder the state in delivering on its promise of a "sound education" for all?
At TNTP, we believe schools can and must be a powerful lever of change in this country. They are part of a larger effort toward justice and equal opportunity. But the grand jury decisions in Ferguson and Staten Island remind us that improving schools alone is not enough.