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NY tenure law faces new legal challenge

Albany, N.Y. (AP) -- A group founded by former CNN journalist Campbell Brown is challenging New York state's teacher tenure system.

Seven parents of public school children from New York City and Rochester filed a lawsuit Monday in Albany alleging that job protections violate a student's right to a quality education.

The lawsuit is the work of a group founded by Brown called the Partnership for Educational Justice.

A similar lawsuit was filed earlier this month in New York City.

The legal challenges come after a California judge ruled in June that job protections for teachers violate children's constitutional rights.

State teachers' union president Karen Magee says the lawsuit filed Monday is a politically motivated attack on public school teachers. She says teacher tenure benefits students by protecting good teachers from unfair employment decisions.

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