Caddo District Judge Jeanette Garrett today denied the Caddo Federation of Teachers' request for a temporary halt to Caddo Parish School Board layoffs. More than 160 Caddo employees were laid off earlier this year in massive cuts due to budget shortfalls.
Following the judge's decision, Jackie Lansdale, president of the CFT/SP issued the following statement:
"The Caddo Federation of Teachers and Support Personnel are disappointed that the district court failed to consider its claim that the Caddo Parish School Board violated State law in the adoption and implementation of its May 31, 2011, reduction in staff.
"The basis of the decision was that, in the court's opinion, the CFT/SP 'cannot establish the requisite irreparable harm.' The court also indicated that it may be necessary to wait to the conclusion of the school board hearings, and the addition of the employees to the legal action, before a final disposition of the issue can be reached.
"The CFT/SP continues to represent its members in the school board hearings, and hopes that further resort to the legal system will not be necessary once the actions of the school administration are reviewed by the school board. However, it remains dedicated to the representation of its members and assuring that the best, and most experienced personnel are available to support the public school children in Caddo Parish."
It is likely the school board's next move will be to request the judge to dismiss the case...reported by Marquel Sennet, 9/28/11