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Thursday, August 6, 2009

Case still going after 37 years and $4 million

In looking at a contract requested by the Alabama Department of Education on Thursday, some lawmakers on the legislative contract review committee questioned how long a case had been ongoing and how much the state had spent.
The case started in 1972 and has cost the state $4 million in legal fees, according to an official with the department. The lawsuit involves the testing of teachers for them to become certified in their field.
The official told lawmakers on the committee that Alabama was paying for attorneys on both sides and that as many as 16 lawyers had shown up at times to represent plaintiffs in federal court.

-- posted by Sebastian Kitchen

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