I just discovered these boards today and I'm so thankful to be able to connect here. I was forced out of my job after a couple of students made allegations against me. As part of their "investigation" the District pulled in other students and used a "when did Mr. Smith stop beating his wife" strategy, putting words into kids mouths that eventually became written statements. Six adults who were with me at the time of the alleged incident testified that nothing had happened - but according to those adults, the District did not write or record those statements. As part of their strategy to get rid of me, the District RIF'd my position for the coming year, and then finally, after two months of investigation during which time I was in my classroom, they suspended me on administrative leave for the rest of the year. According to the Union lawyer, there is nothing else we can do. The only relief I could get from the District if we WERE to fight it, is back pay and benefits, which they're giving me... They also reported me to the state's licensing office, which did their own investigation and dismissed the allegations. However, it seems like I'm hosed. I had lunch with my former (retired) principal and asked him what the hiring process is like. He basically said that in our little state, references are checked via personal "How's the wife and baby" type phone calls. The District is offering only to provide a letter (and the letter is more damning than helpful, since it only confirms facts and does not talk about my GLOWING reviews). I wonder if anyone has any insights. I'm reeling - how can this be America if I have to accept that my ENTIRE FUTURE is in jeopardy without a chance to prove my innocence? Thanks.