News in Brief

To Recoup Hiring Expenses, St. Louis Sues Teachers for Quitting Early

Article Tools
  • PrintPrinter-Friendly
  • EmailEmail Article
  • ReprintReprints
  • CommentsComments

The St. Louis district is suing 32 teachers for breaking their contracts by leaving their jobs early.

Starting in 2015, the district required nontenured teachers to agree to pay $3,000, plus interest, if they left the district before their annual teaching contracts expired. The district says it costs that much to search for and hire a replacement teacher.

Emily Perez, the lawyer representing several of the teachers, said the contracts are not enforceable and suing to collect the $3,000 is unfair to the teachers because they faced stressful, toxic, and even unsafe work environments.

Vol. 37, Issue 11, Page 4

Published in Print: November 1, 2017, as To Recoup Hiring Expenses, St. Louis Sues Teachers for Quitting Early
Related Stories
Notice: We recently upgraded our comments. (Learn more here.) If you are logged in as a subscriber or registered user and already have a Display Name on edweek.org, you can post comments. If you do not already have a Display Name, please create one here.
Ground Rules for Posting
We encourage lively debate, but please be respectful of others. Profanity and personal attacks are prohibited. By commenting, you are agreeing to abide by our user agreement.
All comments are public.

Back to Top Back to Top

Most Popular Stories

Viewed

Emailed

Recommended

Commented