A federal judge has rejected an attempt by Los Angeles school district officials to limit or prevent a teachers strike.
The district’s legal maneuver was based on its responsibility under federal law to provide services to students with disabilities. The district is under additional legal restrictions based on a settlement that is under the supervision of a federal judge.
Those combined obligations should have compelled the court to prevent or limit a strike, the district argued in papers filed this week. But U.S. District Court Judge Ronald S.W. Lew disagreed, taking only one day to issue an order denying the district’s suit.
The L.A. Unified School District “is attempting, prematurely, to bring an unrelated party into a long-settled dispute without any explanation as to how [the teachers union] would be legally liable” under the settlement or special education laws, Lew wrote in his decision.
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