|Published: 2:42 PM, 12/20/2011
||Last updated: 2:43 PM, 12/20/2011
Author: Jessica Cross
Source: The Monroe County Advocate
A former Tellico Plains High School
special education teacher has won her lawsuit in Monroe County
Chancery Court against the Monroe County Board of Education and
Director of Schools Mike Lowry.
Teacher Penny Parker filed the original
complaint two years ago, claiming she was denied due process,
alleging Lowry and the School Board would not allow her to appear
before the board after she was not granted tenure and not rehired
after the 2008-2009 school year.
Chancellor Jerri Bryant filed the
ruling on Tuesday, stating Lowry's decision to not rehire Parker was "deficient," because he did not inform the School Board of the
decision prior to sending out a notice to Parker. Bryant noted the
decision was against Tennessee Code Annotated law, which states the
local school board has the discretionary power to provide
probationary teachers notice of specific reasons for failure of
See full story in the Sunday, Dec. 18, edition of The Advocate & Democrat.
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