Mathews, John
September 1978
Education Digest;Sep1978, Vol. 44 Issue 1, p65
This article reports that a bill is before the Senate that would strip governmental bodies, like school boards, of their more than century-old immunity from law suits. The U.S. Supreme Court will consider a New York case where teachers are suing a school board for unpaid welfare benefits. And finally, the high Court ruled during its past term that federal officials do not have immunity from damage suits when they act unconstitutionally avoiding court suits. The Supreme Court agreed, opening up the way for the damage suit against Earl Butz and company, while at the same time opening up the possibility of future law suits against other federal officials. Anticipating that likelihood, the Congress is moving to approve a law that would provide public funds to pay off damage awards.


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