Students Matter

RALLY worked with Silicon Valley entrepreneur and philanthropist Dave Welch to build and run the nonprofit organization Students Matter to sponsor impact litigation aimed at promoting access to quality public education. We are managing the development and execution of its first lawsuit, Vergara v. California—an education equality lawsuit filed in May 2012 by nine California students. The case challenges the laws that handcuff schools from giving every student an equal opportunity to learn from effective teachers. RALLY is responsible for building the Students Matter brand, building and managing the Students Matter board, and creating a national media campaign around the case—using the case as a platform to put children’s rights at the front and center of the education debate. Our work with Students Matter and the lawsuit has received national attention and has been covered by The New York Times, Wall Street Journal, PBS NewsHour, CBS Evening News, The Economist, Chicago Tribune, and the Los Angeles Times, among others. Students Matter has also been invited to speak at Stanford, UCLA, the NewSchools Venture Fund annual summit, the Foundation for Excellence’s annual national summit and The Education Trust’s national conference.

The Court’s historic decision in Vergara v. California on June 10, 2014 reaffirmed the fundamental, Constitutional right of every student to learn from effective teachers and have an equal opportunity to succeed in school. Visit the Students Matter Victory page for the best quotes from Judge Treu’s ruling, an FAQ on what happens next, and key facts and statistics from the compelling evidence presented at trial.

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