School Report - New Bloomfield Teacher Resigns Over MAP Flap

1 decade 2 months 3 weeks ago June 30, 2006 Jun 30, 2006 Friday, June 30 2006 Friday, June 30, 2006 10:10:20 AM CDT in News

Flanked by friends and family, Vinyard stood outside the meeting room and said, "I feel like I was told, 'Either you sign this resignation or else.' I don't feel like I was given a choice."

She said Botts threatened her with the loss of her teaching license for giving improper directions for the communications arts part of the test. The superintendent denied forcing Vinyard to resign.

Vinyard says school officials didn't train her to give proper directions. So, for the essay part of the test, Vinyard said she told students "use your critical thinking skills; use your imagination."

But, school officials said that didn't follow strict instructions required by the state.

"They feel that I prompted the students," Vinyard said.

Former student Crisa Rogers and her mother showed up at the meeting to stand beside their favorite teacher against the school board.

"The words I have in my mouth wouldn't describe how much anger I have for them," Crisa said.

An hour into the meeting, the board called in Vinyard.

"I told them I was given an ultimatum," she said.

The meeting dragged on until 2:50 p.m. when the board voted 5-2 to accept Vinyard's resignation.

"I guess they did what they felt they had to do," she said.

Vinyard said she won't appeal because she doesn't want to harm the school. She wants to find another teaching job in mid-Missouri.

The Department of Elementary and Seconday Education hasn't decided whether to penalize New Bloomfield because of Vinyard's test directions. If the department does penalize the district, that could affect its annual progress report.

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