The Supreme Court rejected to hear a lawsuit brought by four New York City public school teachers who were required to be vaccinated against COVID-19.
Background: In August, then-Mayor Bill de Blasio signed into effect a new law requiring all new York City Department of Education employees to show proof of Covid-19 vaccination by September 27th.
“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.” (per The Daily Wire)
The new rule prompted four teachers who were either fired or placed on unpaid leave for refusing the vaccine to file a lawsuit against the New York City Department of Education.
Why It Matters: In December, they filed a petition with the high court.
“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.” (per The Daily Wire)
Backlash: In March, the counsel for the New York City Department of Education claimed “There is zero evidence in this record indicating that the Department has foreclosed the four petitioners from pursuing their professions.”
What Happened: On Monday, the Supreme Court declined to hear the case and did not provide an explanation for its decision.