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DeKalb County Teachers Retirement
GOLD and SHAYE v. DEKALB COUNTY SCHOOL DISTRICT

The Plaintiffs and their Counsel remain committed to seeing that a just remedy be available 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 payment on a retirement fund for district employees.  Plaintiffs claim this was in direct violation of what the District promised and has resulted in a loss of millions of dollars for district employees.  DeKalb teacher Elaine Gold and school psychologist Amy Shaye initially filed suit against the district in June 2011.  The suit sought class action status that would allow other DeKalb Schools employees to join the suit against the district.  

Below is a copy of an Opinion issued March 30, 2015 by the Court of Appeals.  In that Opinion, the Court of Appeals ruled that “the plaintiffs will have an opportunity to revisit” and address any supposed concerns regarding certification of this case as a class action.  In the words of the Court of Appeals’ Opinion, “it thus remains to be seen whether this case will move forward as a class action.”  The Plaintiffs—long-time teachers and full-time employees of the District—who stepped forward as class representatives 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.” 

Opinion of March 30, 2015 issued by the Court of Appeals.  

UPDATE  (as of March 15, 2017):    On March 28, 2017, the court will hold oral argument to hear several important motions, including a renewed motion by Plaintiffs for class certification so that the case would proceed on behalf of all similarly-situated employees.

UPDATE (as of March 28, 2017):  Oral arguments began on March 28, 2017 but did not conclude.  The Court has invited all parties to return on April 25th to conclude the arguments.  
 
Click here to read the Motion for Partial Summary Judgment
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