For Immediate Release
March 12, 2015
Historic Davids v. New York Lawsuit Is Going To Trial
Judge Minardo Denied The Teachers Union’s Motion To Dismiss
Today, Judge Minardo denied the United Federation of Teachers, New York State United Teachers, New York City Department of Education and New York State Attorney General’s Motions to Dismiss the historic, parent-organized Davids v. New York Lawsuit.
Davids v. New York seeks to declare as unconstitutional certain provisions within New York State’s Education Law that deny students the “sound basic education,” considered a fundamental right under Article XI, §1 of the New York State Constitution.
Davids v. New York is about modernizing the teaching profession and ensuring that our education system is performance-based and not quality-blind. Above all, this lawsuit is an affirmation of the importance of teachers to the quality of students’ education and it is a challenge for all of us to do things differently to make sure our students are getting all of the resources they need to succeed. New books and desks are not enough; there must be a highly motivated, highly effective teacher in each classroom every day.
Jonathan Tribiano, Esq., General Counsel for Davids v. New York plaintiffs said: “We believe Justice Minardo’s decision today is sound. We also believe the issues in this case are ripe for determination.”
Mona Davids, Lead Plaintiff and President of the New York City Parents Union said: “We are happy that our voices will finally be heard. The teachers union’s argument that parents have no standing and no right to demand accountability, expect our children to be educated and in a safe environment, was outrageous. We are the real stakeholders because it is our children in the New York State public school system and this trial allows us to bring our own chairs to the education policy table.”
Sam Pirozzolo, Plaintiff and Vice President of the New York City Parents Union said: “We are pleased that Judge Minardo has given parents an opportunity to improve the education of our children. With this trial, parents intend to prove that the current framework of bad laws, many children, especially low income and minority children from our poorest communities are denied their right to a sound, basic education.”
Click here to view Judge Minardo’s Decision.
Mona Davids, 646.872.7149
Sam Pirozzolo, 917.533.3437