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Home About Us Prisoners of Conscience Articles Teacher jailed after protest gets her job back
Teacher jailed after protest gets her job back PDF Print E-mail
LEXINGTON, Ky., - A three-person tribunal has ordered the reinstatement of a Fayette County teacher who was fired after serving a prison sentence.

Janice Sevre-Duszynska, who taught English as a second language at Henry Clay High School, was fired in December as she was ending a prison sentence for protesting in Georgia.

"I'm really thankful. I am just astounded," Sevre-Duszynska, 53, said Friday after learning of her victory.

Interim Superintendent Duane Tennant plans to appeal the ruling to a circuit court. The district has 30 days to appeal.

"This is not about a teacher's decision to protest the policies of this country," Tennant said in a statement. "This is about her failure to fulfill the terms of her contract and her failure to honor her commitment to her students."

But the administrator, teacher and layperson who served on the tribunal disagreed. They found that Tennant acted improperly when he denied the educator's request for a leave of absence, failed to submit that request to the school board, then fired her.

"The majority of the tribunal believes that the superintendent acted improperly in thwarting Ms. Sevre-Duszynska's attempt to obtain leave from the board, that he ignored her record as a valuable member of the Henry Clay faculty, and that he did not treat her as a part of an education family," said the report from Assistant Attorney General Michael Head, who conducted the tribunal hearing.

Sevre-Duszynska was fired just before leaving the Federal Medical Center prison camp in Lexington. She was serving 90 days.

She was arrested during a peaceful November 2001 demonstration at Fort Benning, Ga., site of the former School of the Americas.

 

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