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The Washington Teachers Union won an appeal Thursday that would give back pay and possible reinstatement to 75 teachers fired without cause in 2008.
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The Washington Teachers Union won an appeal Thursday that would give back pay and possible reinstatement to 75 teachers fired without cause in 2008.

D.C. Public Schools are being ordered to offer jobs and back pay to 75 teachers fired in 2008. The teachers involved in the case were fired during a probationary period under former Schools Chancellor Michelle Rhee. Earlier this year, an arbitrator ruled they should be reinstated and given back pay because the District didn't give them reasons for the firings. 

Now the District has lost its appeal.

Washington Teachers Union President Nathan Saunders estimates that it will cost the District more than $7 million to compensate the 75 teachers fired in 2008. But the decision should also affect approximately 85 teachers fired in 2009, he adds. 

During Rhee's tenure under the administration of Mayor Adrian Fenty, hundreds of individuals were released without just cause and could find themselves back into the ranks of the public schools. Saunders says the union is in communication with the District and is hopeful teachers will be reinstated soon.

DCPS did not respond to a request for comment on the case.

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