Friday, September 30, 2011

IEA Loses Challenge to Luna Law, Will Appeal

Posted By on Fri, Sep 30, 2011 at 12:50 PM

Idaho's teachers union has lost its District Court battle against one of the so-called "Luna laws."

The Idaho Education Association formally challenged Senate Bill 1008, which reworked school districts' collective bargaining process.

Judge Timothy Hansen ruled in favor of the State of Idaho, stating that provisions of SB 1108 "are aimed at increasing school board discretion over the terms and conditions of the employment of certificated personnel, and may be considered necessary as ends and means to the attainment of that purpose."

"The Idaho Education Association appreciates Judge Hansen's expedited decision that allows the parties to have the issues presented to the Supreme Court as soon as possible," said Paul Stark, IEA general counsel, in announcing the organization's appeal. "The Idaho Education Association further looks forward to the November 2012 election when Idaho voters will finally have a say in overturning the harmful education laws passed this year."

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