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What is the name What is the name of your state? Florida

I am a teacher. 3 years ago I was arrested for domestic violence. The charges were dropped. However, the FLDOE decided to pursue the matter and make me pay some sort of consequence for actions unbecoming to a teacher. The arrest had nothing to do with children or my job. The result was that I was reprimanded and that I had to see a psychologist for him to determine whether I was fit to teach children. I went to the psychologist and did some basic tests. However, his evaluation letter stated that at the time of my arrest I was drinking and taking xanex. Luckily, I was allowed to read his evaluation before he sent it out to the FLDOE. I called the doctor and he said that he based that information on a document he received from FLDOE. I have never taken a xanex in my life. There was other information on this document that stated that I had blacked-out and told co-workers that I wanted to kill my principal. The FLDOE had sent the doctor someone else's evaluation from another incident.
I was recently asked to resign in lieu of dismissal from a position I had for two years. I am a Special Education teacher and Special Education teachers are hard to come by, especially in Florida. I know that the dismissal had nothing to do with my job performance as teachers are evaluated every year and my evaluation was very good if not excellent. Because I had only been teaching there for two years, I did not have a continuing contract and the principal did not have to give me a reason for dismissal, and she didn't. She did however, write a wonderful letter of recommendation for me as did my immediate supervisor and fellow colleagues. I tormented myself about why the school did not want me working for them. When I saw this document, I realized that if I was a principal and I found out one of my teachers had threatened to kill a previous principal, I would not want that person working for me! Would you? The principal knew about my arrest 3 years ago when the FLDOE started their proceedings against me. She backed me 100%. She was even going to testify in my behalf, but it wasn't necessary. So my arrest had nothing to do with my dismissal. It has cost me quite a bit of money to move to another county so that I can get a job. My son has had to leave his high school in his junior year. This doesn't cover the humiliation and the torment I put myself through and the loss of friends and good colleagues. I had to pay a psychiatrist $700.00 for an evaluation required by FLDOE. Insurance would not cover it. Teachers are held responsible for their actions/mistakes. I have personally felt the wrath of the FLDOE. Maybe it was an honest mistake by the FLDOE, but why shouldn't they be held responsible for their actions? I have posted this under libel and slander as well because I'm not sure wich catagory this falls under. I apologize for anyone who is reading this for the second time.
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