Teachers Union vs. Taxpayers and Students (Draft)

The Blackhawk Education Association sparked ligation costing taxpayers in the Blackhawk School District over $160,000.

The district was paying tutors the rate of substitute teachers, but the union had a problem with that. Claiming the district broke the union contract by allowing tutors to provide instruction, the union filed grievances. The grievances were paid between January 1, 2008 and February 26, 2009 totaling $154,168, according to school records. Additionally, the district has paid over $14,000 in legal fees.

Community sources also point to possibilities of other grievances against the district, and that the district hired tutors as full-time teachers in order to bypass further litigation.

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