Supreme Court will not hear teachers’ suit against NYC vaccine mandate

The U.S. Supreme Court has declined to review the suit brought by teachers against New York City public schools who were required to receive the COVID-19 vaccine or lose their positions, according to The Daily Wire

The challenge was against the New York City Department of Education and the city’s vaccine mandate, which lower courts have already permitted to take effect, despite legal challenges working their way through the ranks of various courts.

Justice Sonia Sotomayor was tasked with hearing the potential challenge, and reportedly declined the emergency request that the mandate be paused as the teachers took their pleas to the judges in question.

Four teachers were involved in the suit following the city either terminating their positions or putting them on unpaid leave for declining to get vaccinated.

The foursome petitioned the nation’s high court in December saying that the teachers were requesting that the court recognize the rights of the teachers to practice without being subject to the medical treatment in question

According to The Daily Wire, the petitioners wrote that the “public-school teachers, respectfully request the Court identify the right of public-school teachers to practice their profession,” adding that the issues brought up in the petition were of “National Significance.”

“This case presents the Court with the opportunity to address a critical constitutional issue— whether public-school teachers have a fundamental right to practice their profession,” they argued.

“Furthermore, the Court can provide needed guidance to the lower courts regarding the flood of COVID-19 vaccine mandate-related cases already pending and expected.”

The opposition to their case filed their own brief in March with the New York City Department of Education’s attorney claiming that the entity did not believe there was evidence to support the objection by the teachers:

“There is zero evidence in this record indicating that the Department has foreclosed the four petitioners from pursuing their professions,” the New York City Department of Ed said in their brief

In August of last year, as the debate about masking continued to rage, New York’s Democratic Mayor Bill de Blasio (D) created a system that would require New York City employees, including those in the Department of education, to provide proof of vaccination. The papers, whether real or virtual, would need to be presented by Sept. 27 in order for the citizens of his city to maintain their jobs.

“Keeping our students and staff healthy is our top priority,” said de Blasio at the time. “To keep our schools healthy and safe, we are now requiring all Department of Education staff to have at least one dose of the vaccine by September 27. Together, we will create a safe and welcoming school experience for our kids.”

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