UPDATE: Oct. 12
Subject: Re: AFT P&J: Fwd: Black Chicago Teachers Win Discrimination Lawsuit
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Chicago Teachers Union upholds teachers’ tenure rights… Judge Coar’s decision shows how completely CPS has lost (again) in federal court
“Four hundred thousands students will have their teachers returned to them,” an elated Karen Lewis told a press conference at the headquarters of the 30,000-member Chicago Teachers Union on the evening of October 4, 2010. Lewis’s statement was her opening in describing the immediate impact she thought should take place in light of a federal judge’s decision that the Chicago Board of Education had violated the rights of tenured teachers in firing them during the summer of 2010, using inflated “deficit” claims as the basis for creating a financial emergency and assuming to itself unprecedented powers.
For the second time in six months, a federal judge has handed a rebuke to the Chicago Board of Education because of the Board’s lawless (and unconstitutional) actions. On October 4, 2010, U.S. District Judge David H. Coar in a strongly worded opinion held that CPS had violated the rights of more than 1,000 tenured Chicago teachers when it fired them from their jobs based on a number of spurious grounds that had been conjured up by the Board during the summer of 2004.
In the October decision, Judge Coar held that the Board of Education of the City of Chicago and its Chief Executive Officer, Ron Huberman, had violated the rights of tenured teachers it has been firing since June 1, 2010, under the guise of various pretexts. Despite the clear language of the judge’s decision upholding tenure, Patrick Rocks, the top lawyer for CPS, claimed in a quotation distributed by CPS in an October 4 press release that the judge’s ruling only allowed the teachers CPS had dumped to “complete for jobs.” At a 7:00 p.m. press conference held at CTU headquarters, CTU President Karen Lewis told reporters that the judge clearly disagreed with Rocks’s version of the law. “We won,” she said, chiding reporters from WBEZ and Catalyst who kept repeating the Rocks talking point after she had explained the decision.
… For full story, go to http://www.substancenews.net/articles.php?page=1706§ion=Article