Fired Fleming Principal Hints Battle May Not Be Over

While not going as far as to say she will be suing Roanoke city schools to get her old job back, former William Fleming High School Principal Susan Willis did reference the thought in a speech Tuesday morning to the Virginia Board of Education.

The state board met in Richmond to discuss Fleming’s accreditation situation, which was put in limbo after a state investigation into so-called SOL testing inconsistencies at the school in May. “I am not here to discuss my wrongful termination,” Willis said in prepared remarks during the “public comment” portion of the meeting. “That will be discussed in higher court,” Willis said.

Willis went on to say all the reasons were wrong as to why Fleming had been put in limbo in the first place. She said the Roanoke city school system provided the state department of education with phony information and statistics about the testing situation at Fleming. Armed with a state investigation implicating Willis in a scheme to inflate SOL scores during the past two academic years, the Roanoke city school board voted to fire Willis last week.

Willis also promised to give her okay to release her entire grievance hearing report once all her other “options had been exhausted.”  The State Board of Education also awarded full accreditation to William Fleming High School on Tuesday.

(From media partner WSLS-10)

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