A fantastic summary of the outcome is here, but my favorite part is the slap at the CTA:
[I]n the course of the lawsuit, the California Teachers Association suddenly discovered the virtues of judicial restraint. The CTA denounced Vergara as a case of the courts overstepping their bounds. However, while I have sympathy for the point, I have trouble taking the claim too seriously. After all, teachers unions have unabashedly used the courts for years as a tool of education policy. They've used the courts to protect generous benefits, challenge layoffs, attack school choice, and force states to spend more on K-12. I'm okay with them getting a taste of their own medicine.Yeah, what he said.
This could turn out well or it could turn out horribly. If some of what I call "undue process" is removed from teacher protections, I'd be perfectly OK with that. But let's not confuse ideals and good hope with "what is right", because judges don't know any more about how best to ensure a quality education to children than anyone else does. And when a judge thinks he knows more than everyone else does, and is allowed to indulge that fantasy on the taxpayer dime, you end up with the debacle in Kansas City.
So the Vergara decision is a good and necessary start but we'll have to see where it goes.