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ISTA says new teacher contract forms violate state law

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The Indiana State Teachers Association is asking a judge to block state education officials from putting new teacher contract forms for the 2011-2012 school year into use.

ISTA said it filed a lawsuit Tuesday seeking an injunction against the Indiana Department of Education because it believes parts of the new contract forms issued last week violate state law and existing collectively bargained contracts.

ISTA cited a provision in the form that allows school districts to shorten or lengthen a teacher's work day or the number of days a teacher works each year at will during the school year. ISTA says that violates existing state law.

A Department of Education spokesman says agency officials have not seen the lawsuit.

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  • Huh?
    I thought the NEW state law DID make the changes IN THE LAW that the ISTA is griping about. Of course, that's all the ISTA does, gripe about stuff while crying "It's for the CHILDREN". If they were so concerned about the children, IPS, for example, wouldn't be losing several of its middle and high schools. Memo to whiny ISTA teachers: TEACH, dagnabit! Do your jobs right and you won't have to worry about side issues - they'll take care of themselves.

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