Andover Townsman, Andover, MA

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July 20, 2013

School officials won't appeal state ruling to rehire fired teacher


School officials had 30 days from the July 2 ruling to decide whether to take the case to the appellate court.

Whether Meagher will ultimately return to her Andover High classroom is still unclear. She said it will come down to what's best for her and her family, which includes two children, ages 11 and 15.

She acknowledged that there are challenges with whatever decision she makes.

"I will say that it will be difficult to find a job in another district given what's happened," she said. "There's a lot of press online. ... Understandably, administrators shy away from that. Do they want to risk hiring this teacher that had all this conflict surrounding her? I don't know exactly what my choices will be."

For more on Jen Meagher's reinstatement, see next week's Andover Townsman.

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