Thursday, August 7, 2014

Idaho Educator, Embroiled in District Debate, Bounced From List of Fall Teachers

Posted By on Thu, Aug 7, 2014 at 9:51 AM

After spending a good chunk of the last school year fighting to keep her job, it appears that an Eastern Idaho science teacher has lost that job for the quickly approaching new school year.

The nastiness escalated last spring as hundreds of parents, students and educators witnessed a hearing involving a veteran teacher at Snake River High School. Elaine Asmus, a 29-year veteran of the high school's science department got into a bit of hot water when she had a heated exchange with a first-year science teacher who also happened to be the wife of the district school superintendent.

A string of witnesses were called before the hearing and the mess turned into a social media firestorm. Ultimately, Asmus was told that she could return to her duties with one year of probation.

But this morning's Idaho State Journal reports that Asmus asked for time to work out the terms of the probation. And now school officials have told her since she didn't sign a new teaching contract in time, her position was deemed vacant.

School officials chose not to comment to the Journal on the matter but a list of names of high-school science teachers for the new school year didn't include Asmus. 

"All we want is a fair chance," Asmus' attorney Paul Stark told the Journal. "She is beyond dispute one of Idaho's best teachers and deserves better than the bureaucratic runaround."

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