In landmark decision, judge sides with principals in charter school conversion case

Judge sides with Miami-Dade principals in Florida’s first charter conversion retaliation case

Miami Herald BY DAVID SMILEY
DSMILEY@MIAMIHERALD.COM

Senior officials with the Miami-Dade school district tried to stonewall a push to convert a school for the severely disabled into a charter school and then improperly punished the employees behind the movement, an administrative law judge ruled this week.

Principal Alberto Fernandez and Assistant Principal Henny Cristobal were reassigned to jobs packaging crayons in a mail room and scanning documents in a vehicle maintenance office after they proposed turning Neva King Cooper Educational Center into a charter school. They say district officials and members of the superintendent’s cabinet came to the school to intimidate parents and teachers, withheld information necessary to stage a required vote on the conversion and then conducted a witch hunt.

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