112 F.3d 953 (8th Cir. 1997), 96-3841, Knight v. Pulaski County Special School Dist.

Docket Nº:96-3841EA.
Citation:112 F.3d 953
Party Name:Katherine KNIGHT; North Little Rock Classroom Teachers Association; Pulaski Association of Classroom Teachers; Little Rock Classroom Teachers Association; Ed Bullington; and John Harrison, Appellants, v. PULASKI COUNTY SPECIAL SCHOOL DISTRICT, Appellee.
Case Date:May 01, 1997
Court:United States Courts of Appeals, Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit
 
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112 F.3d 953 (8th Cir. 1997)

Katherine KNIGHT; North Little Rock Classroom Teachers

Association; Pulaski Association of Classroom Teachers;

Little Rock Classroom Teachers Association; Ed Bullington;

and John Harrison, Appellants,

v.

PULASKI COUNTY SPECIAL SCHOOL DISTRICT, Appellee.

No. 96-3841EA.

United States Court of Appeals, Eighth Circuit.

May 1, 1997

Submitted Feb. 25, 1997.

Robert H. Chanin, argued, Washington, DC (Virginia A. Seitz and Jonathan D. Hacker, Washington, DC, and Richard W. Roachell, Little Rock, AR, on the brief), for appellants.

M. Samuel Jones, III, argued, Little Rock, AR (Claire Shows Hancock, Little Rock, AR, on the brief), for appellee.

Before RICHARD S. ARNOLD, Chief Judge, HEANEY and WOLLMAN, Circuit Judges.

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RICHARD S. ARNOLD, Chief Judge.

In 1992, the long-running desegregation case involving the three school districts in Pulaski County, Arkansas, was settled. A consent decree, embodying the agreement of all the parties, was entered on April 29, 1992. Under this Court's opinion in Little Rock School District v. Pulaski County Special School District, 921 F.2d 1371 (8th Cir.1990), the District Court was given the job of monitoring the settlement agreement to ensure that all parties complied with it. The question presented in this case is whether the District Court had the authority, as an aspect of this enforcement responsibility, to forbid a strike by the teachers of the Pulaski County Special School District.

On August 19, 1996, the District's teachers, represented by the Pulaski Association of Classroom Teachers, went on strike. Three days later, on August 22, certain parents of PCSSD students filed suit in the Chancery Court of Pulaski County, Arkansas, and sought a preliminary injunction against the strike, alleging state-law grounds in support of their request. The next day, after a hearing on the motion, the Chancery Court denied injunctive relief on the ground that no showing of irreparable harm had been made. Wilson v. Pulaski Ass'n of Classroom Teachers, No. IJ96-5788 (slip op. Ark. Ch. Ct., Aug. 23, 1996). Another hearing was scheduled for September 19. This state-court case is now pending before the Supreme Court of Arkansas on PCSSD's appeal.

In the meantime, on August 27, the District itself made a motion in the federal district court for injunctive relief against the...

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