June 28, 2006

The first Garcetti v. Ceballos fallout, in education

Well, it was bound to come, but I didn't expect it so quickly. This month, a federal judge in Tampa, Florida, dismissed the complaint of a fired Polk County principal directly because of Garcetti v. Ceballos.

Former Kathleen High School principal Mike D'Angelo was fired after an outstanding evaluation, and D'Angelo claims it was because he was investigating the possibility of turning the high school into a charter school. In explaining his decision, Judge Richard Lazzara said (according to a transcript quoted by the Lakeland Ledger article,

You know, I've always been taught that for every wrong there's a remedy. Well, there was a remedy here, which turned out to be hollow. So I say to you, Mr. D'Angelo and Mrs. D'Angelo, I think this is the first time I've ever done this—I apologize to you. I don't like making this decision, but the law compels it.
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Posted in Education policy on June 28, 2006 8:57 PM |