Palm Beach County Schools Superintendent Robert Avossa, whose administration tried unsuccessfully to arrest Major and then moved to fire her for violating school district policies, reversed his decision to terminate Major Tuesday in the wake of large public outcry and opposition from some school board members after a story about the case was published this past weekend in The Palm Beach Post.
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Original story: Feb. 25
Samantha Major is a teacher whom a supervisor once dubbed “an absolute powerhouse of compassion, kindness, thoughtfulness, professionalism and excellence.”
Now she's been banished from the classroom, relegated to months of paperwork duties in a school bus depot, targeted for criminal investigation and slated for termination. The county school board will consider the proposal to fire her Wednesday.
Her dizzying reversal of fortunes is, in large part, a story of the pitfalls that await teachers who make extended efforts to aid troubled students.
It is also one of how public schools push teachers to make extra efforts, often with little guidance or preparation, and then leave them to face the fallout.