Friday, June 25, 1999
No injunction for CCHS teachers
The Middlesex Superior Court denied the request filed by Concord-Carlisle High School teachers Wilson Flight and Elliot Lilien which would have prohibited the district from taking any action while they fought the state's recertification process. Joined by six teachers from other districts, Lilien and Flight maintained that they had been issued life-time certificates and should not be required to pay $100 for recertification renewal every five years. Furthermore, Lilien has said that forcing the mandate of 120 professional development points down qualified teachers' throats is "insulting."
Under state law, if the teachers did not file for recertification by June 18, they could not be rehired. Although both Flight and Lilien are longtime employees with a long list of credentials, administrators had said that they were bound to follow the law. According to a Lowell Sun article on June 17, Flight planned to promptly file for recertification. Although neither Lilien nor Flight could be reached, Assistant Superintendent Karen Nerpouni commented, "We don't anticipate any problems with re-certification for any teachers at the school."
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