Teacher's union sues Ariz over policy changes

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PHOENIX (AP) -- Arizona's largest teacher's union has joined other plaintiffs suing the state over various actions driven by the ongoing budget crisis.

The Arizona Education Association's lawsuit was filed Thursday in Maricopa County Superior Court. It seeks to overturn actions the Legislature took last summer that affect teachers and employment policy.

The union argues that those actions were unconstitutional because they were taken during a special legislative session devoted to the state budget. The suit claims the policy changes had nothing to do with the budget.

The teachers are seeking an injunction to stop the policies, noting that many of the law's provisions are already being carried out at school districts across the state. There are about 20 lawsuits still in the court system challenging various laws enacted as the Legislature has tried to deal with the state's budget deficit.

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Information from: The Arizona Republic, http://www.azcentral.com

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