Report: Teacher wins job back after asking for Trump’s help with ‘illegal students’
Remember the Texas teacher who lost her job after requesting that President Donald Trump help rid her school of illegal immigrants?
Well, that woman is back in the news after she won the battle to get her job back, the New York Post reports.
In May 2019, Georgia Clark, an English teacher at Carter-Riverside High School in Fort Worth, Texas, asked President Trump to help her with a problem that her school was facing.
“Mr. President,” she wrote on her since-deleted Twitter account, “Fort Worth Independent School District is loaded with illegal students from Mexico. Carter-Riverside High School has been taken over by them.”
In a later tweet, Clark said that she was asking for the president’s help because local and federal authorities stopped her from removing the illegal students herself. According to Clark, she thought that these tweets were private messages to the president.
Just a month later, Clark was fired from her position, according to The Washington Post.
The ensuing fight
Soon after, Clark decided to dispute her firing, arguing that her tweets were protected by the First Amendment.
The school, however, claimed that Clarke gave away her First Amendment rights when she signed her contract with the school district.
On Monday, the Texas Education Agency Commissioner, Mike Morath, sided with Clark.
According to Morath, Clark did not “waive her right to contact [politicians], outside of the workday” about issues in her jurisdiction. “But while teachers retain free speech rights, these rights are not unlimited,” he added, according to The Washington Times.
As a remedy, Clark is now allowed to return to her job with back pay and employment benefits. But the school district does have the option of not allowing Clark to return, in which case it would have to pay her one year’s salary.
Thus far, Kent Scribner, the local superintendent, has said that the district stands by its firing of Clark, arguing that it is in the “best interest” of students. “This is all we are going to say right now as we have not yet had a chance to review and analyze the entire decision,” spokeswoman Barbara Griffith added.