Monthly Archives: August 2014

Leading trial lawyer David Boies to chair group challenging New York teacher tenure

Trial lawyer David Boies is becoming chairman of the Partnership for Educational Justice, a group founded by journalist-turned education advocate Campbell Brown.

As chairman of the new group, Boies, 73, will join Brown as the public face of a legal strategy in which the group organizes parents and students to bring lawsuits against states with strong tenure and seniority protections.

The group filed such a lawsuit last week in Albany on behalf of seven families alleging that tenure laws make it too difficult to fire ineffective teachers and force principals to make personnel decisions based on seniority rather than performance. The suit argues that such laws disproportionately harm low-income and minority students.

In an interview with the New York Times, Boies said he viewed the cause of tenure overhaul as “pro-teacher.”