Texas Teacher Terminated For Tweeting To President Trump Gets Reinstated
Fort Worth, TX – The public school teacher in Fort Worth who was fired for tweets to President Donald Trump asking him to do something about illegal immigration was reinstated by the state education commissioner on Nov. 25.
Georgia Clark, an English teacher at Carter-Riverside High School, was fired in May after she accidentally posted a public tweet that was supposed to be a private message asking President Trump for help on illegal immigration, the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reported.
“@realDonaldTrump I do not know what to do. Anything you can do to remove the illegals from Fort Worth would be greatly appreciated,” Clark wrote.
Then she followed up with what she believed was a series of private, direct messages to the President.
“Georgia Clark is my real name,” she posted publicly on Twitter.
But her posts weren’t private and she was placed on administrative leave, the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reported.
Superintendent Kent Scribner advocated that Clark be fired in June for using racially-insensitive language and abusing social media.
The school board unanimously approved Scribner’s recommendation and the English teacher was terminated, the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reported.
“We stand by our decision because we firmly believe this is in the best interests of all students,” Scribner said.
An independent hearing by an examiner in August determined that the termination wasn’t justified and recommended Clark be reinstated.
But the school board rejected that recommendation, according to the Fort Worth Star-Telegram.
Clark appealed her termination and won.
Texas Education Agency Commissioner Mike Morath ruled that Clark could get her job back and was entitled to back-pay and benefits, the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reported.
In lieu of reinstatement, the district also had the option to pay the teacher one year of salary.
The Fort Worth Independent School District is appealing the decision.
“The Commissioner’s decision was not based on the merits of the case but rather a procedural technicality with which the District does not agree,” school district officials told the Fort Worth Star-Telegram.