2014-06-13T221536Z_1_LYNXMPEA5C15K_RTROPTP_2_USA-EDUCATION-CALIFORNIA

Entrepreneur's kids inspired battle with California teachers

Students Matter Founder Welch speaks to reporters with several California students who successfully challenged the state’s teacher tenure laws in this handout photoSilicon Valley entrepreneur David Welch says it was his three children who motivated him to spend almost $2 million challenging California’s teacher tenure laws.     Welch, an engineer with at least 130 patents, is the force behind Students Matter, the non-profit organization whose lawsuit against the state succeeded this week when a California judge struck down rules protecting teacher jobs.     “My two older kids had this incredibly inspiring middle school science teacher, from the first day of school they were coming home and doing experiments in the back yard,” the 53-year-old Welch said in an interview with Reuters. “But one child had a horrible experience and didn’t learn to read on time, which hurt him academically and hurt him emotionally.”   Welch declined to say whether his son’s negative experience, or his other children’s positive experience, happened at a public school or a private school. They have attended both.

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