Court Rules Washburn High School Principal Wrongly Fired

Updated: 07/15/2014 7:44 AM
Created: 07/14/2014 7:48 PM
By: Megan Matthews

The Minnesota Court of Appeals ruled Monday a Minneapolis high school principal was wrongly fired just days after starting his job.

Patrick Exner was put on administrative leave just four days after becoming principal at Washburn High School in August 2013. The Minneapolis Public School District took action after allegations surfaced of possible testing problems at a Hopkins school he had worked at prior to starting his new job.

Exner was fired one month later, in September. The state court of appeals says the district did not have sufficient evidence to fire Exner.

Minneapolis Public Schools released this statement following the decision.

“The Minneapolis Board of Education stands behind its original decision regarding Mr. Exner. The court has given the school district the opportunity to make additional findings to support that decision. The court sent the matter back to the board of education on a technical issue, but, in no way, found that the board violated the law. We will comply with the court’s decision. The Minneapolis Board of Education will consider the matter at its next meeting,” said Stan Alleyne, MPS Chief Communications Officer.

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