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JEFFERSONPARISH, La. - A lawsuit against the Jefferson Parish School Board over the firing of dozens of teachers was before a judge on Tuesday.

During a Monday hearing, lawyers for a Jefferson Parish teachers union accused the school board of violating state and district policies when it fired more than 50 teachers last summer under a new policy that places performance over seniority and other factors in layoff decisions.

One of the union's main complaints is a new board policy that allows for the dismissal of teachers with 'unsatisfactory' or 'needs improvement' ratings.

Board members said their actions were justified.

The union is seeking a permanent injunction that would force the school system to put the teachers back to work.

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