DCPS reinstates blind teachers

DCPS has agreed to reinstate with back pay two blind teachers it fired in 2008. Denise Hamilton and Fred Kamara were both apparent victims of bureaucratic blunders involving their efforts to obtain required teaching certificates. Hamilton was terminated while her certificate was in the mail. Kamara didn’t know he was fired until he tried to get his 2008-09 schedule from Wilson High School.

The action was first reported this morning by the Washington Examiner.

Hamilton’s case went to an arbitrator, who called it “sad and troubling” and ordered her reinstated in an April 29 decision. The District elected not to appeal, and decided to settle Kamara’s case, which was pending before an arbitrator. He will receive $250,000 in back pay. Hamilton is due $211,000.

Bill Turque, who covers Montgomery County government and politics, has spent more than thirty years as a reporter and editor for The Washington Post, Newsweek, the Dallas Times Herald and The Kansas City Star.

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