Anchorage teacher sues district over forced job switch

Posted: Sunday, September 10, 2000

ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A kindergarten teacher has sued the Anchorage School District for breach of contract for forcing her to switch jobs and schools without sufficient notice.

Wendy Banner was transferred from her kindergarten position at a school in Chugiak to a special education slot at an elementary school in Anchorage.

She was one of eight teachers involuntarily transferred to ease a chronic shortage of qualified special-ed teachers.

Banner's lawsuit alleges that the school district gave her only two days' notice that she would be transferred. The contract between the district and its teachers' union calls for a minimum two weeks' notice before transfers.

The suit is asking that Banner be immediately reinstated as a kindergarten teacher at her old school, where she had worked for four years.

It also seeks damages of about $43,000, an amount equal to her contracted salary for the 2000-2001 school year.

Robyn Rehmann, the district's special education director, declined to comment on the lawsuit.

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