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Judge Tells Osborn Teacher to Stay on the Sidelines

Osborn teacher Carin Mehler, one the the teachers accused in a testing scandal, needs to stay on the sidelines said a federal judge:

"A federal judge Friday denied a motion by a Rye teacher for a preliminary injunction requiring the school district to end her administrative reassignment and return her to her classroom.

Carin Mehler, one of four teachers who was placed on administrative reassignment following allegations of improper coaching during the state tests last year, sued the district in April, saying she had been left in limbo and that her name had been sullied.

Another teacher, Dana Coppola, later joined the lawsuit. Coppola was charged by the district within days of her joining the suit with 10 counts of "misconduct and neglect of duty" in both 2013 and 2011.

Coppola has asked for an open administrative hearing on the district's charges.

In dispensing her ruling in U.S. District Court in White Plains, Judge Cathy Seibel said Mehler's paid reassignment did not constitute a "violation of due process.

"An employee who continues to be paid cannot claim to be deprived," she said. Salaries reported by the state Teachers Retirement System show that, in 2012-13, Mehler's salary was $125,683."

See the full report at LoHud.com.

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