Ok, Meg has met with lawyers and has been convinced to not pursue legal action. She wants to return the money. I am of the mindset that she is going to still need financial help as she just lost her job, so I still want her to have the cash. I will leave it up to you all, if you want to have a refund, I can contact the site to make it happen. If not, by Friday I am going to cash out and tell her to fix the car or do something else with it....
PS- It is a major heartbreaker that she is giving up. Here is her email to us:
I just finished a meeting with a group of lawyers, and although there is an overwhelming amount of evidence refuting the evaluation and termination, there are no legal avenues that we can take.
Spoke with Meg today, she received a letter in the mail this weekend detailing the steps to take to prevent termination, dated May 20th. We believe this is the form referenced at the proceedings to fire her, where the board says she did not follow procedure!! Luckily she has the postmark, showing it was not mailed until AFTER her termination was decided.
Yesterday, the Royal Oak School board voted to terminate Meg McGuire. In doing so, they made a grave mistake. Meg is a teacher who shook up the system, not afraid to question why the school's overall test scores were so low, or why the teachers had to spend so much of their time outside of the classroom. She started a math tutoring club for kids of all grades and classes to help boost math scores. She helped bring music back to the school by starting a recorder club when musical instrument instruction was cut. She is planning to legally fight the termination, as the basis of the firing was unjust. One of the very few things brought up as reasoning for the firing was that she didn't implement technology in the classroom. The principal had bought iPads for each room, but told the teachers that they were financially responsible for any lost tablets. Meg had no locking furniture or closets in the room (as promised by the teacher union contract she would), so refused to take the iPad. However, she taught technology from the computer lab, and had all students make their own Powerpoint presentations with internet research, but it wasn't enough for the principal, who finally had her locking cabinet delivered the week she was fired.
Please help us parents fund any legal costs she may incur, and in the case that an employment lawyer takes the case without any fees (fingers crossed!!), lets help make sure she can get there transportation-wise by making a car emergency fixing fund (her car has a passenger door that doesn't open and mounting issues).
The public school systems in our country have got to stop punishing their most valuable and engaged staff -- the GREAT teachers! My husband, a Chicago Public Schools 3rd Grade teacher, and I stand with you, Meg McGuire, in your fight against unfair treatment.
Ms. McGuire is hands-down the best teacher Claire has ever had and I wish there would have been more teachers like her when I was in school. We are beyond thankful for her talents and seemingly inexhaustible work ethic. What happened at Oakland is sad and frustrating.