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Review Says Fired FWISD Asst. Principal Wasn’t A Whistleblower

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Arlington Heights High School in Fort Worth. (credit: Tom Pennington/Getty Images)

Arlington Heights High School in Fort Worth. (credit: Tom Pennington/Getty Images)

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FORT WORTH (KRLD) - A Fort Worth assistant principal says he was fired out of retaliation, but that’s not what the state is saying.

An examiner with the Texas Education Agency upheld the Fort Worth ISD’s firing of Joseph Palazzolo, the assistant principal at Arlington Heights High School.

Palazzolo claimed he was fired as retribution for revealing mismanagement at the school. Fort Worth ISD spokesperson Clint Bond says that isn’t so and the recommendation reflects that. “It affirmed the district’s proposal to terminate Palazzolo and said that he was not, as he claimed, a whistleblower who brought forth concerns about mismanagement at Arlington Heights High School.”

According to Bond, the FWISD has wrapped up its own investigation of problems at the school. “Mr. Palazzolo’s was one of only several personnel actions that were taken as a result of that investigation, and uh we have an entirely new administrative staff that’s there now and doing wonderfully,” he said.

Ultimately the school board has the final say and will vote on whether to accept the examiner’s recommendation of upholding the firing of Palazzolo. “Once that happens he has the option of appealing it to the Commissioner of Education directly,” explained Bond.

According to the recommendation Palazzolo was fired for several reasons including – being “disrespectful to a number of students, parents and staff”; creating a “hostile work environment for some members of the staff”; not complying with “directives from the principal”; and implementing different “disciplinary consequences for some minority students”.

The school board is expected to vote on the recommendation during a March 8 meeting.

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