Published Online: October 26, 2009

Hawaii Teacher Furlough Lawsuit Is Amended

A federal lawsuit filed by parents of special education students has been amended to seek public hearings on teacher furloughs in Hawaii.

The lawsuit was one of two filed last week against the furlough plan, which began Friday.

Under the plan, teachers will be required to take 17 unpaid days off this school year and the same number next year. It was adopted to help the state eliminate a budget deficit estimated at $1 billion or more through June, 2011.

Lawyer Carl Varady represents nine families whose children attend special education classes.

He says furloughs violated the state's Administrative Procedures Act because no public hearings were held beforehand.

The lawsuit also alleges that furloughs violate federal education law.

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