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Watters v. Bd. of Sch. Dir. of the City of Scranton

3rd Circuit

September 21, 2020

In Watters v. Bd. of Sch. Dir. of the City of Scranton, the 3rd circuit assumed for argument’s sake that Section 1983 provides for a private right of action for a purported violation of the Contracts Clause. The Court then moved on to determine whether a 2017 amendment to Pennsylvania’s Public School Code violated the tenure rights of three suspended teachers. The 3rd Circuit held that the teachers failed to state a claim on which relief could be granted, because the School District had tried other cost-cutting measures before suspending the teachers, but the savings were insufficient, and the School District complied with state laws in suspending the teachers.

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