"Today's final ruling is a big win for students across California, and it opens the door for badly needed reforms to ensure students have access to excellent teachers. For too long, too much of California's education system has been designed to serve the needs of the adults, not the students, and this verdict constitutes a major victory in the cause to put students first.
"As Lt. Governor, I'll champion the cause of reform in our schools that give local school leaders the tools they need to ensure every classroom is led by a great teacher, and that parents have the power to choose the school that works best for their kids.
Predictably, in comments to the San Jose Mercury-News, incumbent Lt. Governor Gavin Newsom (D) defended the laws that have now been struck down, including the use of seniority as the sole criteria for layoffs, rather than a teacher's performance.