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15 Former Clark County Teachers Sue Over Dismissals

LAS VEGAS (AP) — The Clark County School District is being sued by 15 former teachers and their union who say that despite being tenured the district used a 2011 Nevada law to fire them without cause.

The teachers say they were fired at the end of the 2014 school year after receiving unsatisfactory evaluations two years in a row. Before the 2011 law passed, a tenured teacher could only be fired for cause after a hearing was held. They argue stripping away tenure status earned before 2011 violates their constitutional rights.

The teachers taught K-12 level classes for five to 22 years.

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The suit was filed June 18 in a Las Vegas federal court.

A spokeswoman for the Clark County School District, the nation's fifth-largest, says it does not comment on pending litigation.