Dismissed teacher's appeal denied


Former Glenwood Middle School teacher Kristine Lockwood's appeal to the State Board of Education to have her dismissal overturned was denied Tuesday.

Lockwood, who was a nontenured English teacher, appealed to the board that the Howard board's decision in April not to renew her contract was retaliatory - based on her complaints about paint testing in her classroom, her political campaign for the school board and her grievances and criticisms of the school system, among other things.

But the state board said that a nontenured teacher who has been fired must prove that her dismissal was illegal or unconstitutional, because school boards aren't required to establish cause for a decision not to renew a probationary teacher's contract.

No evidence of such wrongdoing was found, and the state board said Lockwood's claims were "unsubstantiated."

"Furthermore, in addition to [Lockwood's] claims, the record in this case reveals that there were deficiencies in [Lockwood's] teaching performance," state board members wrote in a summary of their decision.

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