Mass. Court Favors Fired Teachers In Fluency Dispute

Law360, New York (September 26, 2008, 12:00 AM EDT) -- A Massachusetts appeals court has agreed with a ruling that three public teachers who were fired in 2003 for failing to demonstrate fluency in English should be reinstated.

The U.S. Appeals Court of Massachusetts on Thursday affirmed that the then-superintendent of the Lowell public schools was in the wrong when she terminated the middle-school teachers after they repeatedly failed mandatory oral English exams and upheld that the teachers should receive full back pay and related benefits.

The tests were required after Massachusetts voters in 2002 passed...
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