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109 Acts To Dismiss Tenured Teacher

Stephanie Horwitz claims District would not make accommodations for medical condition.

Steps were taken to dismiss a tenured teacher by the Deerfield Public Schools District 109 Board of Education at its meeting Monday, according to a statement issued by the District.

Stephanie Horwitz was suspended without pay Monday pending a formal hearing, according to the statement.

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“On November 26, 2012, the District 109 Board of Education acted in open session to approve a Resolution to Dismiss a Tenured Teacher from Employment and to Suspend Said Teacher Without Pay Pending a Formal Dismissal Hearing for Stephanie Horwitz. This dismissal process is in accordance with Illinois School Code Section 24-12,” the statement read.

The District promised to release the full resolution once it was delivered to Horwitz.

Horwitz, however, said she has not been paid since March because she has been on unpaid medical leave. The Board’s action Monday did not come as a surprise.

“I knew it would happen because I was not able to come back in August,” Horwitz said. “I have a disability and the School District was not willing to provide reasonable accommodations.”

School Board President Ellen London has no comment to Horwitz’s statement.

The dispute between Horwitz and the District has been brewing for more than two years, according to a story published in February in the Deerfield Review. Horwitz had been receiving “excellent” evaluations for 10 years and then got one that was “satisfactory.

Two years after I received the ‘satisfactory,’ an administrator waited until the day before final evaluations were due—which was against the rules—to tell me I would be receiving an ‘unsatisfactory,’” Horwitz said in the Deerfield Review article.

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Deerfield Dad December 11, 2012 at 11:26 PM
Mom, this is a silly blog with the same goofs posting over and over. I am astonished that you are taking these comments seriously. I mean really???
do it for the kids December 20, 2012 at 10:06 PM
MSB/Stephanie sock-puppet- You can either do her job, or not. You were allowed to take a leave, which 95% of the general workforce cannot do in the private sector.(without quitting) You then wanted to dictate her working terms and claim you are disabled from stress. The school does not agree, and you have the option to claim a Social Security disability and see if they will award it to you. In light of recent tragedies surrounding schools its not a good idea to put someone with mental issues into a position controlling an supervising other peoples children. This is too great a responsibility for someone who is conceding that they are suffering from mental problems. She should not be allowed to set foot on school grounds while not in her right mind. Stephanie can file for a disability pension and prove she is entitled to one if she wants to, but this will require her to concede that she is mentally ill and this could affect her in other areas. Whatever is done, the school has a responsibility to kids first, and cannot let someone take control over large numbers of young children who is not able to deal with their own emotional or mental health problems as that is a giant powder-keg of liability and could lead to another tragedy.
MSB December 21, 2012 at 03:58 PM
I believe the article states that she requested a medical leave for a disability – one that has not been published. Given your unique ability to remotely diagnose her disability, her prognosis and future acts that she might commit, you should be aware that 26.2 percent (or 57.7 million) of Americans ages 18 and older suffer from a mental disorder in a given year. Additionally, others suffer from alcohol and substance abuse. Since we have the ability to treat and accommodate many of these conditions, it would not be feasible to remove them from the workforce or put them all in institutions.
protect them kids December 23, 2012 at 02:26 AM
we certainly cannot have someone who is mentally ill being given charge of 30 or 40 defenseless children. If she is unable to control herself, and her own psychiatric problems then she is DEFINITELY not in a state of mind to be able to manage, care for, discipline, or protect literally dozens of children with their own behavioural issues. I am so glad the school made the decision to protect the kids first, and ensure their safety. Everyone needs a job, but this woman with her mental problems needs to find another career. I hope she gets well and heals, but right now its not about her, its about protecting the kids.
MSB January 02, 2013 at 10:12 PM
Lol. Given your “logic”, you are suggesting that anyone who takes a medical leave (be it knee surgery, breast cancer recovery, taking care of a sick or elderly dependent) should not be able to return to work because they may do harm to her students?? -- despite giving the district 9 – 10 of exemplary service. Wow, take your witch hunt somewhere else.

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