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  •  I wonder... (10+ / 0-)

    You said that you'd be blacklisted and sadly, that's the most likely outcome.  But there are few things I can think of offhand.

    1) IANAL, but have you thought of a wrongful termination suit against the Board.  That hearing was an absolute parody of due process, something that your lawyer has ample documentation of.  Did they dot every i and cross every t?  Many times, they are so eager to get rid of you they fail to do so, and even employ-at-will states usually have SOME guidelines.

    2) If "1" isn't possible, networking with us Kossacks to try and find a job elsewhere.  The "system" may be against you, but maybe a few community members may be able to help you get into a new district.

    3) Apply for reinstatement if a new Board is elected in your district, and work like hell with the parent groups to GET that new Board elected.  This sounds like a problem that your administrators had with you, not your students, co-workers, or parents.  If you're doomed to be blacklisted elsewhere, I'd fight for that job if your administration changes.

    •  Excellent suggestions (11+ / 0-)

      I am exploring the possibility of a defamation lawsuit against the district and I do intend to work on getting a new board elected. I am fortunate enough to have a solid reputation in my area of Missouri as a journalist, a job I held for 22 years before becoming a classroom teacher, and I am exploring some interesting possibilities in that area. I would love to return to teaching, but that may not happen at this point.

      •  You might at least be able to gag them. (4+ / 0-)

        I do not know enough about this case to form a view either way. That is, with regard to whether or not you should be teaching, I remain neutral through lack of information.

        However, there was sufficient, even in this Diary, to strongly suggest that the Hearing was a sham.

        This does not mean that it reached the wrong result, simply that if it got it right the process was so flawed that it should be set aside.

        Everyone deserves a fair hearing, conducted with propriety. You do appear to have been fired based on innuendo, suspicion, and probably some pretty unconstitutional hidden agendas.

        I hope that the quality of debate will improve,
        but I fear we will remain Democrats.

        Who is twigg?

        by twigg on Tue Jun 18, 2013 at 05:38:13 PM PDT

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        •  Probably won't need a gag. Employers don't (4+ / 0-)
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          dare provide information about why a former employee is no longer working for them - huge risk of a defamation lawsuit.

          Which does mean that really bad employees (including a teacher and a principal from our school district) got hired here, fired, and then hired elsewhere.  Where they'll probably also get fired shortly.  At a huge cost to each respective school district.  In fact, I suspect the principal might be doing it intentionally.  He gets a two year contract, lasts for a year or less before the school board gives up on him, gets his full two year contract paid in order to get rid of him, and he moves on to another school.  Our district was the third one, he's on his fourth school now.  The longest he's lasted on each school is a year.  But each one thinks they're scooping up an experienced guy who turned the last school around in just a year and he's looking for a new challenge.  A real problem in a small, underfunded district.

          "If you trust you are not critical; if you are critical you do not trust" by our own Dauphin

          by gustynpip on Tue Jun 18, 2013 at 06:39:25 PM PDT

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