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Nampa teachers’ union prevails in furlough dispute

Former Nampa school superintendent Thomas Michaelson overstepped his bounds late last year, when he tried to get individual teachers to agree to take unpaid furlough days.

Thomas Michaelson mug
Thomas Michaelson

That was the ruling from District Judge Molly Huskey, who sided Friday with the Nampa Education Association in the furlough dispute.

It’s unclear whether Huskey’s ruling will place more fiscal pressure on an already cash-strapped Nampa School District.

The NEA and the Idaho Education Association did not seek damages in the lawsuit — only a declaration that the voluntary furlough plan was illegal. However, a summary judgment in the unions’ favor could allow the unions to “seek further relief on behalf of its members,” Huskey wrote in her 18-page decision.

For more, here’s a link to my story at Idaho Education News.

Kevin Richert is a reporter and blogger at Idaho Education News ( Kevin is a former Statesman editorial page editor, with 27 year's experience in Idaho journalism.

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