California seeks final ruling on teacher tenure

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Updated: 7/23/2014 10:10 pm

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California officials are asking a Los Angeles judge to finalize and justify his decision striking down tenure and other job protections for teachers, a precursor to a possible appeal.

Attorney General Kamala Harris filed papers on Monday seeking a formal ruling in the closely watched case from Judge Rolf Treu. In a tentative opinion issued six weeks ago, Treu found that a handful of laws governing the hiring and firing of the state's teachers deprive children of a quality education.

Gov. Jerry Brown declined to say Wednesday if he would appeal, but said this week's filing was designed to get clarification on the judge's legal reasoning.

Lawyers for the nine students who sued to overturn the law also have asked Treu to issue a final ruling in the case, known as Vergara v. California.

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