Ratliff v. West Ada Education Association - Liberty Justice Center

Ratliff v. West Ada Education Association

As the West Ada School District announced it would reopen on Wednesday, a group of parents filed a lawsuit, Ratliff v. West Ada Education Association, arguing this week’s “sick out” was an illegal union strike, and that the teachers union cannot use the threat of another work stoppage to force the district to meet its demands.

Like other districts around the country, West Ada School District closed in-person operations in March and started the new school year in a remote learning model. The district has been phasing in some of its 40,000 students for in-person classes and was set to welcome back more students on Monday. Those plans were halted when more than 700 of the district’s 2,145 teachers called in “sick” in protest of reopening.

The impact of closed schools on communities is devastating. Kids have missed out on more than six months of in-person education. Families are struggling financially. One mother in the lawsuit is an essential worker who had to bear the added financial burden of childcare for her elementary school-aged son who is struggling emotionally with the unpredictable school situation. Another father says the school cancellations are causing anxiety and fear of “falling behind” for his kids.

“I have three young kids in West Ada schools and they are reeling from yet another disappointment this week,” said Roy Ratliff, parent of three West Ada elementary school students. “The sudden changes in school are leaving my kids and others with emotional and academic anxiety. It is time for adults to be leaders and put our kids first.”

Background

The parents are represented by attorneys from the Liberty Justice Center, a nonprofit law firm that won a pivotal Supreme Court case against the government unions in 2018.

Briefs

Complaint 10/20/2020

Motion for Injunctive Relief 10/20/2020

Affidavits 10/20/2020

Affidavit of Eric Thies WAEA president 10/26/2020

WAEA Response to Motion for Preliminary Injunction 11/16/2020

Stipulation for Dismissal 11/23/2020

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