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Appeals court sides with ISTA in fight for added pay for additional work asked of teachers

This week the Indiana Court of Appeals overturned decisions from the Indiana Education Employment Relations Board (IEERB) that had prevented ISTA locals from agreeing on the parameters, restrictions or limitations on the school’s assignment of ancillary duties and also what constitutes an ancillary duty.

The Court of Appeals found IEERB’s interpretation of the law to be “unreasonable” and its decisions in these local associations were “arbitrary, capricious, an abuse of discretion, or otherwise not in accordance with the law.”

Reacting to the decision, ISTA President Keith Gambill said, “This decision will allow our local associations to have more flexibility to bargain additional compensation for duties teachers are asked to perform that go above and beyond their normal teaching duties. This decision should be especially helpful during these uncertain times when issues of coverage for other teachers and performing additional work is being requested.”