Court: Tenured Teachers Don’t Have Rehire Rights

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) – The Illinois Supreme Court has ruled that laid-off tenured teachers in Chicago do not have a right to be rehired later.

The 5-2 ruling Friday came after budget cuts in 2010 forced the city to lay off nearly 1,300 teachers. The Chicago Board of Education later recalled about 715 tenured teachers.

But the Chicago Teachers Union sued when laid-off tenured instructors did not get first dibs on other open positions.

The court ruled the school board’s layoff and rehiring procedures do not mimic those in other districts and state law does not require preference for out-of-work tenured teachers.

Spokesmen for the school board and union did not immediately respond to requests for comment.

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