What astroturf "ed reform" groups cannot achieve by dismantling teachers' unions using the ballot initiative system, they will instead attempt through a lawsuit.
"The advisory committee of Students Matter includes Students First, a group headed by former District of Columbia schools Chancellor Michelle Rhee; Democrats for Education Reform, whose California branch is led by former state Sen. Gloria Romero; and Parent Revolution, which organizes parents to compel dramatic changes at local schools through so-called parent-trigger laws. All of these have faced off against teachers unions in the past.
Also on the committee is the New Schools Venture Fund of former state Board of Education President Ted Mitchell. That fund has helped bankroll charter schools and other projects. Another member is Education Trust-West, an advocacy and research group."
Suit seeks to overturn 'outdated' teacher job protections
A nonprofit backed partly by organizations known for battling teachers unions has filed litigation challenging the constitutionality of California laws that make it more difficult to fire or lay off ineffective teachers. The suit, filed Monday in Los Angeles County…