US Federal Judge Gayles denies MD-School Distict's attornies motion to dismiss the trial for trampling over the Freedome of Expression Rights of Principals at Neva King Cooper Special Needs School in Homestead, Florida in 2012.
The Federal case surrounds the allegation by School Principals Fernandez and Cristobol claiming to be unwarrented reprisals and intimidated for proposing a conversion to charter solution to recent budget cuts to their school. Top School Board official Ana Rasco and others reassigned and demoted bothe Principal , Vice Principal and special needs specialist named as plaintiffs. MDPS school officials by "invading the campus as surveillence team" to monitor NKC school staff for simply researching the possibility of converting the primary school to charter school. The vote never occurred. What did occur is abusive use of power as these two Principals and staffer with doctoral and graduate degrees were reassigned to menial tasks and demoted for thier attempts to improve the fiscals condition at Neva King Cooper. Now removed from Neva King Cooper and threatened with a gag order to not speak to anyone from school community the following was evidenced: excerpts from the various press reported :
Principal Fernandez was reassigned to: the Miami-Dade County Public School's "Stores and Mail Distribution" where his responsibilities consisted of "sorting and packaging crayons; organizing car keys; packaging small mops; and sorting mail."Assistant Principal Cristobol, who had been employed at the school for 15 years and holds a master's degree in educational leadership, was transferred the county "Department of Transportation, Vehicle Maintenance" where he spent his time "scanning a pile of documents."
Ms. Ramirez spent the entirety of her first week removing staples from seemingly endless piles of documents—items she was required to scan during the remainder of her assignment. Not surprisingly, Ms. Ramirez was troubled by the menial nature of these new duties, which were plainly incompatible with her professional qualifications (a master's degree in early childhood special education) and years of experience. Indeed, Ms. Ramirez was so distraught that she would occasionally retreat from her work area to the restroom, where she would cry in solitude.
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