NYC Schools Chancellor Must Reverse Suspension of School Therapist Who was Punished for Helping Student with Cerebral Palsy

By NY Daily News

Don’t dare go to extraordinary lengths to encourage public school kids to excel.

You might end up like Deb Fisher, now suing the Department of Education to clear her name and win back pay lost in a 30-school-day suspension.

The school therapist — with her principal’s knowledge and support, it must be noted — orchestrated a Kickstarter fundraising campaign on behalf of a 13-year-old student who has cerebral palsy. The money was to be used to back his quest to produce a book, video and website to inspire achievement and acceptance for disabled young people.

Or “theft of services,” as it’s known to the Department of Education.

Fisher, you see, got caught sending an email soliciting funds for the cause, during school hours, to a school employee.

For this horror, Fisher’s complicit principal imposed a 30-day unpaid suspension, which was upheld by schools Chancellor Carmen Fariña.

Read the full story here.


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