Once-fired Oklahoma City teacher retains job on appeal

Following the Oklahoma Court of Appeals ruling in favor of English teacher Joe Quigley this month, the Oklahoma City School Board voted to appeal the decision a second time.
BY MEGAN ROLLAND Modified: October 20, 2010 at 9:40 am •  Published: October 20, 2010

More than a year after the Oklahoma City School Board attempted to fire English teacher Joseph Quigley, the case still isn't closed. And Quigley is still in a classroom teaching.

Monday, the school board voted to appeal, for the second time, a ruling from the Oklahoma Civil Court of Appeals that Quigley was wrongfully dismissed and should retain his position.

Quigley was fired in May 2009 from his position at Northwest Classen High School after school district officials found that he repeatedly neglected his duties and failed to follow school policies by both giving grades of zero and sending mass e-mails.

He appealed the decision to district court, arguing he did not neglect his duties, but had been singled out for termination because of his outspoken advocacy for gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender rights.

Oklahoma County District Judge Barbara Swinton ruled in Sept. 2009 in favor of Quigley and ordered him to be reinstated as a teacher.

Quigley was given an English teaching position at U.S. Grant High School, and the district appealed the decision.

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