Fourteen teachers sue over Missouri virtual schools cuts

Tuesday, August 24, 2010 | 4:47 p.m. CDT; updated 10:51 a.m. CDT, Thursday, September 23, 2010

JEFFERSON CITY — Fourteen teachers are suing over state budget cuts that cost them their jobs with Missouri's virtual schools program.

A lawsuit filed in Boone County asserts several dozen teachers were laid off last year despite having contracts guaranteeing them jobs for longer. The teachers worked for an online public school that covers all grades.

The layoffs came after state funds were cut for the virtual schools' second semester last year.

The lawsuit names the state of Missouri, the State Board of Education, the curators of the University of Missouri System and a nonprofit business unit of the university that ran the school.

A spokeswoman for the Department Elementary and Secondary Education declined to comment Tuesday, and a spokeswoman for the attorney general's office said it had not yet received a copy of the lawsuit.

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