The Star-Ledger reports today that the U.S. District Court dismissed a lawsuit filed by NJASA, the union that represents New Jersey’s school administrators. The suit was filed in reaction to DOE regulations that gave the State authority to limit buy-outs, sick pay, and other kinds of compensation. The regulations were enacted after the hysteria generated by the case of Superintendent Barbara Trzeszkowski of Keansburg who retired to the tune of $740,000.
The NJASA, which claims that the new regs amount to an unconstitutional infringement on administrators’ rights to negotiate their own contracts, cites KYW Radio on their website:
Judge Joel Pisano decided that delaying state reviews of contracts for superintendents and top deputies would interfere with New Jersey’s goal to reform property taxes and school funding. The change followed word that some administrators received huge perks in their deals that the public knew little, if anything about.
NJASA’s official stance is that this judgement is a good thing, because Judge Pisano “hasn’t found anything on the merits.” Next step: state court.