|Updated: 5/05/2012 12:53 pm
||Published: 5/05/2012 12:47 pm
LITTLE ROCK, AR – Dozens of teachers and other school workers gathered on the steps of the State Capitol, today, in an effort to build support for their cause. The Pulaski County Special School District recently tossed out union collective bargaining agreements as part of efforts to improve district finances.
The unions filed a lawsuit Friday attempting to reverse the district’s decision. Teachers and other school workers say they are bearing an unfair share of the burden to balance the books. The district claims the steps are necessary to restore financial stability.
The 17,000-student district was taken over by the state last year due to financial irregularities. In February, the PCSSD entered fiscal distress because it projected a $13.6 million deficit in its $170 million budget for the coming school year.
Fox 16’s Kelly Dudzik will have a complete report on today’s rally tonight on Fox 16 News.