A referee appointed by the Ohio Department of Education recommended overturning the termination, saying administrators in a white-dominated bureaucracy were working against Meeks-Speller and district officials had not proven the level of misconduct suggested. The court did not agree. She appealed the termination to the Ohio Supreme Court, which agreed with previous decisions to uphold her termination.
Meeks-Speller said Lucas County Children Services never contacted her about an investigations into alleged wrongdoing.
“There was no investigation,” she said. “Not one parent filed a charge against me.”
Toledo Public Schools spokeswoman Patty Mazur recently said her district contacted Lucas County Children Services and the Ohio Department of Education about Meeks-Speller. District officials provided to the Ohio Department of Education a misconduct code reflective of Meeks-Speller’s violations, Mazur said.
“We do not always hear back,” Mazur said.
According to Ohio Department of Education records online, Meeks-Speller is still licensed to teach in the state, though Toledo Public Schools officials say they referred her case to state officials.
“We’re not able to confirm or deny any investigations,” Ohio Department of Education spokesman Toby Lichtle said. “We’re only allowed to confirm discipline records.”
No discipline records exist on Meeks-Speller’s Ohio Department of Education profile.
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