Mass. teachers sue to stop ballot question

Monday January 23, 2012

BOSTON (AP) -- The largest teachers' union in Massachusetts has filed a lawsuit in an effort to bar a ballot question that if approved in November could change the way teachers are evaluated.

The Massachusetts Teachers Association complaint filed Monday with the Supreme Judicial Court is in violation of the state constitution because it contains too many unrelated components and is confusing, affects the powers of the courts by restricting their ability to review arbitration cases, and is incomplete in its explanation. The union also says the question does not improve education as its supporters contend.

The ballot question if passed would use performance rather than seniority when determining teacher layoffs.

Stand for Children, the group that proposed the question, stands behind it. The attorney general's office says the question was properly certified.


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