Last week, a new educational advocacy group called the Partnership for Educational Justice said that it plans to support a group of parents who will bring a legal challenge to New York State’s teacher tenure and seniority laws.  The lawsuit will claim that the laws violate children’s constitutional right to a sound basic education by keeping ineffective teachers in classrooms.

The group said that it expects the lawsuit to be filed in State Supreme Court in Albany in the next few weeks. The lawsuit comes after a California court decision which found that found that California’s tenure, seniority and teacher dismissal laws disproportionately affected poor and minority students. That decision is being appealed.