One of many Education Department officials fired by Republican State School Superintendent Anne Fox when she took office over five months ago filed for damages on Wednesday, claiming wrongful discharge.
Charles Brown, who had been the department supervisor of child nutrition programs, maintained that his retroactive dismissal in January breached the contract he had signed with Fox’s veteran predecessor, Republican Jerry Evans.
Brown was among a number of ranking department employees dumped by Fox after she took office on Jan. 2. The group included the department’s expert in distribution of more than half a billion dollars a year in state aid to schools, its attorney, top accountant, computer chief, special education supervisor and veteran science curriculum consultant.
With many educators and state government officials skeptical of her conservative views even before she took office, the dismissals seriously undermined any confidence they still had in Fox.
In her first five months, all but three of the top advisers she brought with her when she took office have either been fired or resigned, and Jack Kaufman, who came on as ombudsman, said on Wednesday he expected to leave to return to teaching in the University of Idaho’s School of Education in August or September.