Help for Meg McGuire

$525 of $3,000 goal

Raised by 10 people in 40 months
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).


Thank you!!



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Update 4
39 months ago

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....
-Karen

PS- It is a major heartbreaker that she is giving up. Here is her email to us:

Hello parents,
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.
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Update 3
40 months ago

McGuire's article is now the Number 1 most commented article on Candgnews.com's site! Keep commenting and sending to others to view, to make it the number one viewed. The more views, the more likely it will make it to google local news.
http://www.candgnews.com/news/despite-parental-pleas-school-board-fires-teacher
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Update 2
40 months ago

Please see the article that came out in the Royal Oak Review last week: http://www.candgnews.com/news/despite-parental-pleas-school-board-fires-teacher
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Update 1
40 months ago

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.
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$525 of $3,000 goal

Raised by 10 people in 40 months
Created May 31, 2013
$20
Anonymous
39 months ago
$100
Anonymous
39 months ago
LM
$25
Lisa McGee
40 months ago
KJ
$20
Kirsten Johnson
40 months ago

This is from a client of mine who wanted to contribute to the cause.

TB
$25
Toni A Buys
40 months ago

Because Kirsten and Daniel are supportive of this cause, I am supportive for them and Claire!

SB
$10
Scott and Amy Bragg
40 months ago
LS
$50
Leah Songer
40 months ago

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.

DJ
$150
Daniel Johnson
40 months ago

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.

$75
Karen Kahn
40 months ago

For both my children's favorite teacher!! Jonah in 2010-2011 and Adeline in 2012-2013 Keep up the fight for what is fair, Meg. You are a great example for the kids.

ES
$50
Eric Schultz
40 months ago
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