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October 17, 2013

Burlington classroom worker gets her job back

BURLINGTON, Iowa (AP) — A classroom worker who was fired after filing a police report on students has been rehired by the Burlington School District.

The Hawk Eye says (http://bit.ly/GSggxy ) an arbitrator ordered the rehiring of 58-year-old Neva Hoover, of Burlington. She'd been fired in December after complaining to police about student behavior in her classroom. She's a special education associate at Corse Elementary School.

Hoover filed a whistle-blower lawsuit in June. It says school officials didn't respond after she reported the children's behavior, so she filed the police report.

Hoover also enlisted the aid of her union, which filed a grievance. Her attorney, Curtis Dial, says Hoover got back her job after she went to arbitration.

The arbitrator ordered the district to pay Hoover more than $9,600 in back pay and benefits.

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Information from: The Hawk Eye, http://www.thehawkeye.com

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