Teacher $1B Lawsuit: Teacher’s $1B Lawsuit

Published: October 16, 2015

Teacher $1B Lawsuit: Teacher’s $1B Lawsuit, The nation’s second largest school district has been hit with a $1 billion class-action lawsuit alleging it conducts “witch hunts” against older teachers in a “shrewd” effort to save money on retirement benefits.

The suit was filed Thursday on behalf of about 2,000 teachers by Rafe Esquith, 61, one of the Los Angeles Unified School District’s best-known and most popular teachers.

It comes on the heels of reports that the L.A. school board voted unanimously and behind closed doors to fire Esquith for misconduct. Earlier this year, Esquith was pulled from his classroom and placed under investigation.

Esquith’s case has gained the support of actors Hal Holbrook and Sir Ian McKellan, longtime fans of the teacher’s efforts to bring classic works by Mark Twain and William Shakespeare to low-income immigrant students.

Thursday’s lawsuit “is the largest class action by teachers in the history of public education,” said attorney Ben Meiselas, who represents Esquith, the lead plaintiff, along with attorney and CNN legal analyst Mark Geragos.


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