Pa. Supreme Court Delays Hearing on Philly Teacher Layoffs

The layoffs of 1,500 teachers will be temporarily rescinded until high court rules.

By Kevin McCarthy
|  Tuesday, Jun 14, 2011  |  Updated 1:39 PM EDT
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Court Delays Hearing on Teacher Layoffs

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The Pennsylvania Supreme Court issued a stay Monday night, postponing a hearing scheduled by a lower court for Tuesday at 9:30 a.m.

Justice Max Baer released a statement saying that the hearing would be pushed back to allow the court more time for consideration of the case.  

Last week, over 1,500 Philadelphia teachers received pink slips letting them know that they had been laid off.

The Supreme Court confirmed that a temporary restraining order rescinding the layoff notices would still be in place, according to the Philadelphia Federation of Teachers.

The PFT filed a lawsuit alleging that the Philadelphia School District violated the collective bargaining agreement between the two. The lawsuit states that the district freed around 200 Promise Academy teachers from being laid off, according to the PFT.

“It is a basic issue of fairness. The school district cannot pick and choose arbitrarily who is laid off. The temporary restraining order was necessary because layoffs conducted improperly have a ripple effect,” said Jerry T. Jordan.

“We are pleased the Supreme Court left the TRO intact,”said PFT President Jerry T. Jordan. “We are taking a wait and see approach while court evaluates the complicated and voluminous pleadings filed in the last few days. We remain confident that our position that layoffs must be conducted according to the PFT-SDP contract will be upheld.”

The hearing was postponed indefinitely.
 

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