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Pasco teacher disciplinary hearing cancelled



Teacher Robert Fine had been scheduled to face the Pasco County School Board this morning to defend his job.

Former superintendent Heather Fiorentino recommended in October that Fine be fired for his inappropriate comments, sarcasm and demeaning humor toward several students over several years, both at Bayonet Point and Seven Springs middle schools. (See letter attached below.) As the hearing date approached, lawyers for the teacher and district sought alternative solutions.

On Monday, district employee relations director Kevin Shibley said the two sides had come close enough to an agreement that they felt comfortable in canceling Fine's appeal to keep his job. The terms have yet to be completed or revealed.

Once the details are made public, they should reveal quite a bit about the new administration and superintendent Kurt Browning's approach to teacher discipline. Fiorentino was known to be a hard liner when it comes to teacher behavior, and rarely backed down from her proposals to terminate those whom she believed to have done wrong, particularly to students.

Will Browning show more flexibility? Should he? 

[Last modified: Tuesday, January 29, 2013 10:04am]


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