Tenured Teacher Furloughs Were Reasonable, 3rd Circ. Says

By Grace Dixon (September 22, 2020, 6:39 PM EDT) -- A Pennsylvania school district took reasonable measures when it furloughed three tenured teachers to combat a budget shortfall, a panel of Third Circuit judges has ruled unanimously.

In a published opinion Monday, the panel found that the decision from the City of Scranton Board of School Directors and the town school district to suspend the teachers was a necessary measure in light of a $4.5 million deficit, stopping short of wading into a circuit split on whether contract clause violations can be brought under U.S. Code 1983 — the statute through which people can sue state officials for civil rights violations....

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