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Fired Columbus Principals’ Pre-Trial Hearing Set For June
It could be next year before a lawsuit filed, last week, by two fired Columbus City Schools principals goes to trial.
Darlene Chavers is an attorney for Tiffany Chavers and Pamela Diggs. Darlene Chavers said a pre-trial hearing is set for mid-June.
â€œThereâ€™s always the possibility for continuances,” she said. “So thereâ€™s still quite a while before we get any kind of resolution of this matter.â€
Tiffany Chavers and Diggs want their jobs back. They also seek $400,000 in compensatory and punitive damages. The womenâ€™s firing came out of the districtâ€™s data rigging scandal.
The lawsuit contends the former principals were coerced to break enrollment of students with excessive absences and poor test scores and re-enroll them, a process meant to improve the districtâ€™s achievement scores.
â€œItâ€™s important to realize these individuals were actually taking direction from their superiors, their immediate supervisors, as well as others above them,” Darlene Chavers said. â€œTheyâ€™re kind of scapegoats for the entire district. And thatâ€™s unfortunate to pick on four individuals who were doing what they were told to do.â€
Four principals were suspended in January. Two later resigned. Tiffany Chavers and Diggs were fired.
The school districtâ€™s attorney has yet to respond to a request for comment. No attorneys are listed for any of the lawsuit’s defendants.