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Rye School Teacher Gail Topol Returns To Teaching

Gail Topol is one of four teachers (she taught at the Osborn School) that were re-assigned by the Rye School Board of Education.

Rye City School District/Patch File Photo
Rye City School District/Patch File Photo
The following statement was issued by the Rye City School District: 


As many in the community are aware, last spring the District learned of certain allegations of testing improprieties involving certain teachers, including Gail Topol. The Board of Education and Ms. Topol are pleased to announce that the parties have reached an amicable resolution to this matter and Ms. Topol is returning to teaching. The parties have also agreed to refrain from commenting upon this matter any further.
Boukje van den Bosch January 27, 2014 at 01:38 PM
The board has told the community several times that they are actively seeking a resolution. It saddens me greatly to now know for sure that it seems to make a difference who your attorney is. I am very happy that Mrs Topol will be returning to teaching and she will be welcomed with open arms, but in my opinion Mrs Mehler should be offered the same opportunity. Hopefully my Topol settlement FOIL will come through quickly so we can all read the details. And keep in mind not all details will be included in the settlement the public gets to read.
Boukje van den Bosch January 27, 2014 at 01:41 PM
Article in the Journal News: http://www.lohud.com/article/20140127/NEWS/301270034/Rye-teacher-reinstated-test-coaching-case-another-has-resigned-2-cases-still-pending?gcheck=1
Bob Zahm January 27, 2014 at 03:12 PM
If Gail is coming back to teaching AND she and the Board of Ed are satisfied with how the accusations have been resolved, why are we not all simply saying, "Finally". Celebrating the fact that the on-going cost of the situation has been reduced. And anxiously awaiting resolution of the other two cases? Boukje, I find your question about why one of the others having not been approached with a similar deal curious as by asking it, you imply that you know in detail what's going on. If negotiations were proceeding, it is very possible that all parties have agreed to keep silent about them. That is standard practice in negotiations. Further, your assertion that “it seems to make a difference who your lawyer is” also implies “insider” knowledge that, if you had it, could represent a break with practice or NYS Department of Education regulations. Before we accuse, should we not be sure that we know the full story? Or at least the facts?
Ben January 27, 2014 at 05:42 PM
Virginia Lange it appears Mrs. Mehler needs an attorney who is married to the Mayor who appointed the school board president's husband to a position that he never ran for. Whew. That makes me feel dirty just typing it. How do these people sleep at night???

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