LITTLE ROCK — Arkansas' highest court says a judge was correct to dismiss the state from a lawsuit filed by Pulaski County's teachers and staff unions over the decision to cancel their contracts with the district.
The Arkansas Supreme Court on Thursday upheld a Pulaski County judge's ruling that the state was barred by sovereign immunity from being sued over the actions it took after taking over the financially troubled Pulaski County Special School District.
The district was taken over by the state after it was found to be fiscally distressed. The state-appointed superintendent negotiated with the unions over proposed cuts but decided to terminate union pacts after the sides disagreed over how to trim the budget.
Justices disagreed with the unions' argument that the state exceeded its authority.