State Teachers Union Sues State For Second Time In A Month

The ISTA says a provision in the Indiana teachers' collective bargaining agreement is illegal

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Indiana State Teachers Association headquarters in Indianapolis

The state‘s largest teachers’ union is suing the state for the second time in a month over this year‘s new education laws. Indiana State Teachers Association Vice President Teresa Meredith said the Department of Education made a small but important change to the cover sheet that‘s part of every local teacher contract.

“When the administrator writes in the minimum number of hours, this document goes on to say that the administrator can change those hours during the contract or after the contract,” said Meredith. “It does not indicate that the administrator has to go back and bargain the increase in hours again or the decrease in hours again.”

The Indiana State Teachers Association contends that‘s illegal and they now want a judge to strip the provision. The ISTA was already suing to block a new private school voucher program. Department of Education Spokesman Alex Damron said the department believes the new clause is legal, because it does not force local districts to break their collective bargaining agreements.

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