Fired New Orleans School Workers Go To U.S. Supreme Court

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A lawyer for an estimated 7,500 former New Orleans public school employees who lost their jobs after Hurricane Katrina is going to the U.S. Supreme Court in hopes of reviving a lawsuit over their firings.

         Willie Zanders on Monday released copies of his application to have the high court review the case.

         In 2012, a state district court ruled in favor of teachers who said they were wrongfully fired and entitled to damages — a ruling that a lawyer for education officials said could cost the state and the local school board more than $1 billion.

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         An appellate court largely upheld that ruling. But the state Supreme Court rejected the suit late last year.

         – by AP Reporter Kevin McGill


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