During the hearing, Richard Casagrande, NYSUT general counsel, accused the plaintiffs of trying to eliminate due process rights for teachers, noting that "due process is a basic, fundamental right."
NYSUT president Karen Magee attended the hearing, and told reporters that "tenure gives teachers the right to advocate for students." She added, "The whole premise behind the case is unfounded."
Each side was given a total of 50 minutes to present arguments. We now await the judge's decision.
Here is a collection of clips from the heavily covered hearing.
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