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 DeKalb Teacher TSA Plan   
DeKalb County Teachers Retirement
GOLD, et al. v. DEKALB COUNTY SCHOOL DISTRICT

The Plaintiffs and their Counsel remain committed to seeking a just remedy for all teachers/employees negatively impacted by the School District’s termination of this important retirement benefit.  Please return to this site periodically for further updates.

Background:  In 2009, the DeKalb County School District stopped funding contributions to a retirement benefit for many District employees.  Plaintiffs claim this was in direct violation of what the District promised in its own official Board Policies and has resulted in a total loss of millions of dollars for District employees.  Longtime DeKalb educators Elaine Gold and Amy Shaye initially first filed suit against the District in June 2011, later joined by Heather Hunter and Roderick Benson.   The suit seeks class action status that will permit other DeKalb Schools employees to join in the suit against the District.  

On June 26, 2017, Judge Gregory Adams of the Superior Court of DeKalb County entered an order prepared for his signature by the District's counsel that dismissed the employees' lawsuit.  Among other errors too numerous to list, the order wrongly: (1) denied that the official Policies enacted and published by the Board of Education represent the law governing the school district, contradicting Georgia law and overwhelming testimony even from the District's own employees, administrators and Board members; (2) denies the fact that TSA Plan contributions were actually reduced - an indefensible mistake obvious to every employee affected by the cessation of funding; and (3) ignored other testimony, evidence, and established Georgia law requiring a contrary conclusion.  Plaintiffs are convinced this order is counterfactual and unjustly denies Plaintiffs the benefit of Georgia law despite earlier judicial decisions in this same case.  Plaintiffs have filed an appeal to a higher court and are determined to overturn this order.  

Despite this unfortunate setback, Plaintiffs remain intent upon seeking justice not just for themselves, but on behalf of all the teachers and employees who were shortchanged by the DeKalb County School District regarding funding of the TSA annuity retirement benefit.  As the Court of Appeals recognized, “[i]f ever there was a question that ought to be resolved once and for all, it is whether this school district shortchanged these teachers unlawfully.” 

 
Click here to read the Motion for Partial Summary Judgment
Click
here
to read our Motion for Class Certification
Click 
here to read a copy of an Opinion issued March 30, 2015 by the Court of Appeals

 
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