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Niles teacher suspended without pay

Published: Fri, February 19, 2010 @ 11:53 p.m.

NILES — A longtime math teacher at McKinley High School has been suspended for 10 work days without pay by the board of education.

Superintendent Rocco Adduci said Kelly Newbrough, a district teacher for 16 years, was suspended Friday for “violating school policy.”

Newbrough will not be able to return to work until March 5.

Adduci declined to say how Newbrough had violated school policy.

“We have an agreement with the teachers union not to disclose information pertaining to this suspension,” Adduci said.

The superintendent attributed the length of the punishment to “the situation” without offering any further details but said he did not believe 10 days to be unusually long.

Adduci said it was the first time Newbrough had been suspended.


1axiom(15 comments)posted 6 years, 3 months ago

If a teacher...who is a public servant...who is entrusted with kids education and safety has been suspended from work, then people should have the right to know why.

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2Catz1269(8 comments)posted 6 years, 3 months ago

I totally agree with u axiom, if they won't disclose what "school policy" she violated to general public..ok whatever, BUT the students parents/guardian have a right to know what goes on during school hours. Im sure someone will tell someone, then another someone. I predict it will be on news by Monday.

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3axiom(15 comments)posted 6 years, 3 months ago

PenguinBird, you must be a member of a labor union and would grant schools absolute authority if it were in your power. If you are a parent, and a teacher violated school policy possibly endangering your childs well being or education would you say oh well, it's none of my business? I think not. If so you are a lousy parent so you move to Russia.

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4axiom(15 comments)posted 6 years, 3 months ago

PenguinBird, non criminal acts can still endanger peoples well being. And last I checked we live in a democracy here and have a constitutional right to express our opinions. Obviously you can't handle that. Do you agree with every decision of every court? If so then you are just a puppet and have no opinions of your own. We simply stated our opinions and you retaliate with aggressiveness and no tact. If you believe people don't have a right to their own opinions then your the one who needs to leave the country.

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5axiom(15 comments)posted 6 years, 3 months ago

PenguinBird, you are the one who needs to get over it. You are the one crying and whining. You are childish and arrogant, just read your last posting. I will express my opinions whether you like it or not. This is the greatest country in the world, and part of what makes it so great is our freedom of speech and expression. You wish to suppress that. You need to grow up.

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6fan4ice(2 comments)posted 6 years, 3 months ago

YOur description of the legality is correct, but what is best for the education system and our kids. I know tenuring poor teachers, privacy clauses such as this and the stregnth of the teachers unions, with the liberal twist that is being forced down our kids throats, is really helping dumb down another generation. OH that's right the teacher's unions are against school vouchers to.

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7FormerYtowner(96 comments)posted 6 years, 3 months ago

Penguinbird, how do you know it wasn't a criminal act? Details were not released and will not be released. If your kids were students wouldn't you want to know what happened?

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8HaydenThomas(208 comments)posted 6 years, 3 months ago

The unions once again bargain for rules that are idiotic. Since the public provides the money (employs) the teachers, they have every right to know what the employee did to deserve said punishment.

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9verita(15 comments)posted 6 years, 3 months ago

The 2009 State Teacher Policy Yearbook gives Ohio a grade of "D". Even though the law protects the teacher, one has to wonder what kind of school policy violation would warrant a 10 day suspension vs. a 3 day or even a week especially in light of the fact that persons in a Union seem to be pretty well protected from excessive disciplinary action. On the other hand, there are cases where a school policy violation might have little to do with teacher competence or moral conduct, i.e. no smoking. Providing parents with Teacher Policies might give them greater insight and an opportunity to become more involved in their child's education and interaction with their teachers.

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10Nunya22(315 comments)posted 6 years, 3 months ago

What was the point of even making this story known to the public for if we cannot read about why this has happened?

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11northsideperson(366 comments)posted 6 years, 3 months ago

Interesting how people generally want the government to leave them alone and stay out of their lives, until it's a government employee's actions (that are protected by law and/or contract) at question.

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12MISHTON(2 comments)posted 6 years, 3 months ago

Actually this "Kelly" is a HE not a she. The offense must be bad if it is ten days without pay and although it may be the first suspension I doubt this is his first problem with the school. And if nothing else- the parents of his students DO have the right to know whats going on- especially if they have a daughter.

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13axiom(15 comments)posted 6 years, 3 months ago

Another great thing about democracy PenguinBird is that our constitution was designed so that laws can be ammended and even changed completely. How many times have court rulings been overturned, even in the supreme court? You only look at the now but foresight is an important part of progress as well as change. All too often people realize there isn't enough accountability with our public servants and laws are constantly being revised and updated. This is a fact of a democratic society. If people want absolute privacy then they should choose a different line of work.

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14jojuggie(1665 comments)posted 6 years, 3 months ago

If penguinbird feels that the Supreme court is infallible, he should look up the Dred Scott Decision by the Supreme Court.

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15axiom(15 comments)posted 6 years, 3 months ago

Maybe no laws were broken PenguinBird, but as I said before, non criminal acts can still have negative impacts on kids. For example, if a teacher was caught making lewd or derogatory comments in front of a student, no criminal charges may be warranted. But unfortuneatly psychological impacts are not as often considered as they should be. Even these non criminal acts can be detrimental to the emotional and psychological developement of the still growing mind of a child. So as I stated before, it SHOULD be the right of parents and guardians to have this information. And you continually state people should mind their business, and I will continually state people have a right to their opinions. If people choose to state their disagreements, that is their right.

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16axiom(15 comments)posted 6 years, 3 months ago

No, I understand this teacher has a right to privacy regarding this situation according to current law. And this teachers privacy has not been violated. But I don't agree with the law in this situation which is my point. I and other people have a right to state our disagreements whether you and other people think it's none of our business or not. Something you can't seem to understand.

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17reggie(30 comments)posted 6 years, 3 months ago

you know what it could be, a simple thing as myspace or facebook. this just happened here in Texas. ( i am from Niles originally) a teacher had gone to cancun for a vacation and posted her photos with her husband sitting on a chair by the pool with a drink in her hand and in their bathingsuits. she also got suspended , for 15 days. we shall see, hopefully it is not , and truthfully i have no idea, but was just commenting on policies they have. it can't be anything that terrible or it would of been published. hopefully its not something as silly as that, schools need to worry about bigger things!

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18ElPolloRetrasado(212 comments)posted 6 years, 3 months ago

I heard Penguinbird was a communist that molests young animals. But hey maybe that's just hearsay!

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19axiom(15 comments)posted 6 years, 3 months ago

Yeah, well in case you haven't noticed PenguinBird, this whole web post, every story published on this site, is full of peoples OPINIONS. That's the point.

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20axiom(15 comments)posted 6 years, 3 months ago

Slaves? Now you're really just being an idiot. Public service work, personal life = privacy, job = accountability.

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21axiom(15 comments)posted 6 years, 3 months ago

It is ENGLISH, go back to school if you can't read. Or perhaps you are still there.

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22FormerYtowner(96 comments)posted 6 years, 3 months ago

Penguinbird, you are a piece of crap biggot. All you care about is yourself and nothing else. If you had children that were students in this teacher's class, you WOULD want to know what happened. I bet if that were the case you wouldn't be hiding behind this privacy crap. Yes this teacher has a right to privacy as everyone does BUT, when our tax dollars pay their salary and they are responsible for our children while they are at school, the parents should know what happened and the parents can decide if the offense is something to worry about.

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23HaydenThomas(208 comments)posted 6 years, 3 months ago

What about this situation is difficult to understand?

The teacher is the employee of the taxpayers and therefore the employer (taxpayers) have every right to know what transgression was committed. Only in the mind of unions are their actions able to be kept from the people paying their salaries.

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24ElPolloRetrasado(212 comments)posted 6 years, 3 months ago

So Penguinbird hates gays, mexicans, blacks, whites, taxpayers, kids, students, people who have kids and I am guessing that if this is the case then Penguinbird is still living in his parents basement at 55 years old polishing his knob to forum comments all day long because he is so bitter that his life has been a failure!! I am sure there are many that will agree with me!

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25axiom(15 comments)posted 6 years, 3 months ago

I agree, PenguinBird is a biggot, he made that clear. He's also been bashing me for exercising my freedom of speech, bashing ElPolloRetrasado for supporting the first amendment, while defending the labor unions right to assemble. What a hypocrite.

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26axiom(15 comments)posted 6 years, 3 months ago

So now you're reduced to even more meaningless and profane comments because you have nothing useful to say. 462 comments and I bet they were all negative and worthless. You're obviously uneducated and a sorry excuse for a human being.

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27axiom(15 comments)posted 6 years, 3 months ago

So far only one person has agreed with your arrogant attitude. LOSER.

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28Garrison45183(8 comments)posted 6 years, 3 months ago

Based on the FOIA request by the Vindicator and if the facts are true, this person should be fired. We can't allow vigilantly like behavior to exist by a teacher in our public schools. School board policies are in place for a reason. The parents of these students should file a formal complaint with the police department and the school board and pressure the school board in to firing the teacher. Any respectable school board would dismiss this teacher due to the situation. Would any parent want this teacher interacting with your chid(ren)?

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29planforthebest(53 comments)posted 6 years, 3 months ago

Too many sick days, crashing the school board's vehicle, sassing back to the administration, posting on social media improperly or against school policy, failing to do mandatory paperwork, late too many times, failing to report on mandatory teacher training days, not completing her continuing education hours, these are all reasons a teacher might be suspended that have nothing to do with the safety and welfare of her students.

Thought Garrison claims he has insider info, he's just speculating and trying to exacerbate the hysteria.

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30Garrison45183(8 comments)posted 6 years, 3 months ago

I'm only replying to what was stated in the reprimand letter. If the tables were turned and the student made the comment towards the teacher-all of you currently defending the teacher would want the student expelled. I'm not taking sides on this issue. Again, I'm only commenting about the facts in the FOIA request. I make no claims to insider information like "planforthebest" claims. I'm curious were you read that information.

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31northsideperson(366 comments)posted 6 years, 3 months ago

I think some of the taxpayers want to know - not because it's relevant to them, but that they want some titillation.

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32EricDP(14 comments)posted 6 years, 3 months ago

Union. Enough Said.

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33TB(1167 comments)posted 6 years, 3 months ago

the unions can not save a teacher's job for many behaviors. if it were serious, the state department of education would pull this teacher's license immediately.

you can find information about this on the state department of education website.

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34briant(57 comments)posted 6 years, 2 months ago

If she commited a criminal act aginst a student, have her WALK THE PLANK: MARKET STREET from FLORIDA TO MIDLOTHIAN

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35Nunya22(315 comments)posted 6 years, 2 months ago

I dont know if some of yall know this but the vindy updated this story and it was said to why this happened already.

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36Catz1269(8 comments)posted 6 years, 2 months ago

I saw that updated story and I loved ElPollo's comment, was the best of them all!

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37planforthebest(53 comments)posted 6 years, 2 months ago

Garrison, how is it that you read the letter of reprimand? Since that letter is not public, you must have had some insider information as to its content.

If you haven't actually seen the letter, then what you have said surely is gossip, and probably is libel against the teacher as well.

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38walter_sobchak(2631 comments)posted 6 years, 2 months ago

That's a good one! Get rid of the Union! MAybe in Fantasyland but not in this world!

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39StudGerbil(10 comments)posted 6 years, 2 months ago

If you have a child in that teacher's class, just ASK THEM WHAT HAPPENED. If you don't, then don't worry about it.

Good Lord. Everyone is worried about something that probably does not affect them in the least.

If it was something really weird, it will end up on YouTube anyway, or on some student's blog.

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