Students Matter, a non-profit group dedicated to changing the way the Golden State hires and fires teachers, issued a press release alerting of a lawsuit it filed on behalf of eight minors who are students in California public schools. The defendants include the Los Angeles Unified School district and the Alum Rock Union School District, Yahoo! News reports.

What does the lawsuit allege? The complaint filed in the Los Angeles Superior Court alleges that “California’s public schools are failing the very children whose interests they are meant to serve.” It cites outdated laws that make it difficult — if not impossible — for school administrators to improve education quality by making “teacher employment decisions driven by the needs of their students.”

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