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Attorney: End of tenure bad for students, teachers

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- An attorney for California's teacher unions says tossing the state's tenure laws would be bad for students and teachers alike.

During closing arguments Thursday in a trial that seeks to dismiss the job protection of tenure, attorney James Finberg said doing so would leave teachers vulnerable to the whims of angry parents and ineffective administrators.

Attorneys for nine students who brought the lawsuit say that current law saddles students with incompetent teachers who are all but impossible to fire.

But Finberg says under-performing administrators who fail to run their districts well and supervise their teachers properly are the real problem. Of the nine students who brought the lawsuit, he says none were able to prove during two months of trial that they had ever had an ineffective teacher.

Closing arguments are expected to end Thursday but it is unclear when Superior Court Judge Rolf Treu will issue a ruling.

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