CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (AP) - The Hamilton County teachers union has filed suit, claiming the local Board of Education won't reopen negotiations on specific issues.

The board contends a new state law doesn't allow it to negotiate with teachers groups.

The Chattanooga Times Free Press ( ) reported the Hamilton County Education Association filed its lawsuit in Hamilton County Chancery Court, asking that the school board be compelled to honor provisions of a contract that expires in 2014.

The Tennessee Legislature last spring passed a statute barring local school boards from entering into collective bargaining agreements with teachers unions.

Attorney Richard Colbert, who represents the Tennessee Education Association, said state law requires local boards to honor current agreements, including reopen clauses.


Information from: Chattanooga Times Free Press,

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