Former North Forest teachers file suit against HISD

In the weeks since the annexation of North Forest, HISD has poured more than $10M into schools that the state considered failures
December 18, 2013 8:31:33 AM PST
A group of teachers who lost their jobs when the state shut down North Forest school district have filed suit against the Houston Independent School District.

The teachers are claiming their contracts should be honored by HISD. More than 60 teachers filed the suit in federal Court in Houston. The suit claims teachers appealed their terminations by North Forest and a hearing examiner ruled in their favor. But by the time the decision was made, HISD had already taken over the now-defunct North Forest district.

The suit claims that the HISD board had 30 days to consider and make a decision on the hearing examiner's recommendation, but they never did. So that makes the examiner's recommendation final.

The lawsuit is asking the court to declare that the teachers' contracts are current, valid contracts that were assumed by HISD. The teachers are asking for monetary damages and attorney fees.

HISD issued the following statement: "While HISD has not been served with a lawsuit by former NFISD teachers, we are aware that one has been filed. As such, we cannot comment on any specific allegations. However, as it relates to former NFISD teachers, HISD has never been a party to any proceeding involving these teachers. It is our position that HISD has no contractual obligation to these teachers. The district will respond appropriately to the court if we are served with the lawsuit."

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