Edmonton teacher fired for giving zeros for unsubmitted work vindicated

Embattled high school physics teacher Lynden Dorval speaks to the school board during an Edmonton...

Embattled high school physics teacher Lynden Dorval speaks to the school board during an Edmonton Public School Board meeting at the EPSB building in Edmonton, Sept 11, 2012. (CODIE MCLACHLAN/QMI AGENCY)

Rick Bell, QMI Agency

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David beats Goliath.

Usually David gets squashed like a bug. Not this time.

Remember Lynden Dorval.

He’s the Edmonton physics teacher who was suspended and fired for giving zeros when students didn’t do their work and daring to question the idiocy of a policy where he wasn’t supposed to give any zeros.

A tribunal dealing with teacher suspensions and firings now says the Edmonton public school board wasn’t fair when they suspended and then bounced Dorval. Dorval will get a cheque for lost wages of almost two years and a top-up to his pension but not be put back in the classroom since he’s retired.

The teacher who became a national story was suspended back in 2012.

In a letter giving Dorval the pink slip, Edmonton public school superintendent Edgar Schmidt talks of wanting the teacher to “reform” his behaviour and say sorry to his school’s principal.


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