Arizona Schoolteacher Sues School District Claiming Religious Discrimination

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She had every intention of finishing out the year with her students, she said, but that November she was told she would assume the role of permanent substitute teacher.

Seplow, who has a doctorate in education, was placed on administrative leave in January 2010 for allegedly making inappropriate statements while she was substitute teaching. She retired at the end of that month. The early retirement, cost her, she said. Although she teaches part-time at Grand Canyon University and the University of Phoenix, she said she could not secure another full-time teaching position.

"If you don't have a recommendation from the school district you worked with for 17 years, it's hard to get anyone to hire you," she said. "I spent all year looking for a position.

"I lost my profession, I lost my job, I lost everything," Seplow said.

A date for mediation between the two parties has not yet been set.

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