Court: Chicago teachers don't have rehire rights

February 17, 2012 2:24:44 PM PST
Tenured Chicago teachers who are laid off do not have a right to be rehired later. That was the ruling handed down Friday by the Illinois Supreme Court.

The ruling came after 2010 budget cuts forced Chicago to lay off nearly 1,300 teachers.

The Chicago Board of Education later recalled about 715 tenured teachers. But the Chicago Teachers Union sued when laid off, tenured instructors did not get first dibs on other open positions.

The court decided that state law does not require preference for out-of-work tenured teachers.