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Suspended Rye Teacher Sues District

Solidarity for suspended Rye teachers was posted on a parental petition website in 2013.
Solidarity for suspended Rye teachers was posted on a parental petition website in 2013.
Correction: The amount of the lawsuit was incorrect and the current disposition of the four teachers were incorrect in the original version of this report. Patch regrets the errors. 

Teacher Carin Mehler filed a lawsuit yesterday against the Rye City administrators and trustees, according to the Rye Record.

It's been almost a year since the scandal broke that Rye City School officials were investigating allegations that four teachers improperly coached students during last spring’s Common Core testing.

The teachers are Osborn Elementary fourth grade teacher Carin Mehler and third grade teacher Gail Topol and Milton School teachers Dana Coppola, third grade, and Shannon Gold, fourth grade.

Teacher Gail Topol has returned to the classroom.

Shannon Gold resigned in January.

Superintendent Frank Alvarez said he made the decision to place the teachers on administrative reassignment after district officials were informed May 7 by a parent of a possible testing irregularity with regard to the New York State Standardized Tests for English Language Arts and Mathematics. 

Reporter Sarah Varney wrote, "The suit charges the defendants with depriving Ms. Mehler of her right to teach in order to coerce a waiver of due process rights, and “deprivation of liberty interest without due process” essentially impinging on Ms. Mehler’s future career opportunities by damaging her reputation."

Ryerecord.com also reported that district officials had issued a statement saying the suit had no merit.

The suit asks for $1 million in compensatory damages and $1 million in punitive damages, sources said.

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smellypants March 31, 2014 at 08:59 AM
Are MSNBC and the NY Times "accurate". I think not...they lie to advance the far left agenda. Comparatively speaking, Rye Record is far more accurate than them.
Interested Bystander April 01, 2014 at 07:11 AM
They perhaps at least try to be accurate? Not even a recognized concept on Elm Street.
Ross Revira April 01, 2014 at 07:31 AM
How could this happen in the land of the rich and entitled? Rye taxpayers open your wallet wide please.
Zhommy Dilfeddian April 01, 2014 at 09:15 AM
I look forward to getting the Rye Record every two weeks. I believe its news coverage to be accurate although I mostly read it for the interest pieces, sports and social stuff. If I owned a business I would advertise in this wonderful home town paper. I would only advertise with its competitors if they offered me a bargain basement rate... nobody reads those other papers.

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