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7th Circuit Revives Bilingual Teacher's Age-Bias Suit

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A federal appeals court has revived a Chicago teacher's claim that her transfer from a full-time position as a bilingual teacher was in violation of the federal Age Discrimination in Employment Act.

A three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 7th Circuit, in Chicago, ruled unanimously that Valerie T. Filar, who was 69 in 1999 when she was moved to a full-time substitute's position, should have a chance to prove her age-discrimination claim in a trial court.

"Because the only salient difference between Filar and the younger teachers was age, a jury
could conclude that age motivated [the principal's] decisions" to keep a 42-year-old and 39-year-old teacher in full-time positions instead of Filar, the court said in its May 22 decision in Filar v. Board of Education of the City of Chicago.

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This may seem like a far too straightforward statement, but should we have some old/older teachers in our school system? Isn't wisdom one of those things that increases with age? This sort of discrimination is very silly, because if someone has strong cognetive skills and isn't suffereing from any illness brought on by their age, then I would love to have my children taught by them.

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