Wednesday, April 27, 2011

IEA, Teachers Sue Luna, Otter and Idaho

Posted By on Wed, Apr 27, 2011 at 3:45 PM

The Idaho Education Association has filed suit in state district court, challenging school chief Tom Luna's three-pronged package of changes to Idaho's school system—Senate Bill 1108 and two trailer bills—recently signed into law by Gov. C.L. "Butch" Otter that gut collective bargaining with K-12 public educators and introduce new technology requirements. The suit names Luna, Otter and the State of Idaho as defendants.

The suit alleges that SB 1108 violated the state constitution "by impairing existing and vested contractual obligations to teachers."

Joining IEA as plaintiffs were two Idaho teachers (a Moscow district art teacher and Pocatello district kindergarten teacher), as well as three IEA locals (in Caldwell, Fremont and Shoshone).

The suit seeks injunctions barring the state from enforcing and implementing the laws.

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