- Associated Press - Monday, April 4, 2016

PHILADELPHIA (AP) - An arbitrator has ruled that Philadelphia’s school district owes money to former non-teaching assistants who took assignments in special education classrooms.

Philadelphia Federation of Teachers attorney Ralph Teti told The Philadelphia Inquirer (https://bit.ly/227icos ) that the ruling would affect 50 to 60 staffers and could cost the district more than $1 million.

The district had laid off many people who had worked outside of classrooms, monitoring hallways and lunchrooms. But since there weren’t enough classroom assistants to meet federal requirements for special education classes in 2012, it offered the job to non-teaching assistants who had been laid off.

Teti said the non-teaching assistants had been paid in the mid-$40,000 range but the top rate for a classroom assistant was less than $30,000.

The district declined comment on the ruling.

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Information from: The Philadelphia Inquirer, https://www.inquirer.com


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