Pa. Supreme Court denies appeal by MASD for Ms. D. UH OH !
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#21 Aug 27, 2014
For almost a quarter of a century I've been trying to expose the corruption in the city of McKeesport, PA where there was an attempt to kill my son. The police covered up at will to protect the name of the Roman Coward Church.
I have all the evidence that no reporter, law enforcement officer or attorney ever asked to review. This one article probably does in a handful of paragraphs what I have been trying to say for almost 25 years.
How in the hell can a teacher get caught having sex in a classroom be fired and then get her job back with back pay. Truth be told, this woman has been victimized over and over again, by the same deMOBocrats who covered up for the attempted murder of my son.
PA is so corrupt that any crime can and has been covered up. By the way, one of the watchdogs who made sure the sex in the classroom was never discovered was a former teacher who is now the mayor of McKeesport.
PA Senator Jimmy Brewster spearheaded much of the cover-up. Brewster also endorsed the the watchdog for mayor of McKeesport.
Stuebenville, Ohio may now be a more livable city than McKeesport, PA.
It's obvious that the so-called law firm of Dodaro, Cambest, Matta & Associates can only win in Allegheny County. Another defeat for the Zappala Crime Family/Terrorist Group.
#22 Aug 27, 2014
Angela DiBattista has been rehired by the McKeesport Area School District after an almost nine-year battle with district officials.
The district suspended Ms. DiBattista without pay in January 2006, when she was a fourth-grade teacher at Cornell Intermediate School, and fired her in February 2011 on immorality charges after she testified during a district judicial proceeding that she had sex with Patrick Collins, a teacher and former teachers union president, on campus during school hours while two other teachers served as lookouts. While Ms. DiBattista was dismissed from the district, Mr. Collins, who had been teaching for 33 years, was able to retire with a $58,000 settlement and his teaching certificate intact.
Commonwealth Court judges ruled in August 2013 that her testimony of the incidents, which spanned several years, should not have been used against her and that an “implied agreement” was struck between Ms. DiBattista and school district officials that would grant her immunity for her testimony against Mr. Collins.
The Commonwealth Court opinion, however, did not specifically demand the district rehire her.
The state Supreme Court refused to hear the district’s appeal of the decision in March.
Ms. DiBattista’s attorney, Phillip Fabiano, said she returned to the district Monday as a Title I math specialist at Founders’ Hall Annex, formerly White Oak Elementary School, where the district’s sixth-grade students are housed. Her state-issued certification is in elementary education for grades K-6. Before returning to the district, Ms. DiBattista was working as a dog groomer.
Mr. Fabiano said he and his client are in the process of negotiating with the district for reimbursement for her lost salary and benefits.
“From my perspective, I think this is just a simple math question,” he said.“You get a calculator, multiply how much she was making annually by nine and count it out.”
Talks of Ms. DiBattista returning to work began at the start of summer, Mr. Fabiano said, causing her to update her expired teaching certificate. For years, he said, she didn’t worry about the certificate because she “thought she would never need it again.” At 59, he said, his client was in a position to collect back pay for her wrongful termination and leave the district for good.
“She’s taken on the responsibility of going back to teaching when all she was entitled to was damages,” Mr. Fabiano said.“The court didn’t tell her she had to go back to school and go back to that job. She wants to, even though she’s going to be in school with people who said all these horrible things about her.”
Parent Antonia Howze has two children in the district, ages 8 and 13, but said Ms. DiBattista’s past isn’t nearly as important as her abilities as a teacher.
“It shouldn’t have been during school hours,” Ms. Howze said.“However, teachers’ personal lives are not parents’ business. Everyone deserves another chance.”
Mr. Fabiano agreed, and said the district’s future treatment toward Ms. DiBattista is more important than her past indiscretions.
“A promise was made to her and that promise was broken, and she deserves to be treated fairly because of it,” Mr. Fabiano said.
District administrators have declined comment and refused to provide her salary.
Read more: http://www.post-gazette.com/local/south/2014/...
#23 Sep 3, 2014
Ms. D bagged a ton of green on this one and she deserves every buck and her job reinstated. I have a truck load of brown bags on order and will deliver them to the school board meeting that will approve her much deserved settlement.
I wonder if the favorite and protected four other MASD employees mentioned in the hearings will attend the "settlement" ceremony. Who do you think has earned the distinction of handling her the check so heavy it will take two hands to deliver it?
We are delighted and please that for once in the Port that justice truly prevailed -- but she got no help from anyone in Allegheny County or the despicable PA Board of Education.
I hope the falsely maligned Mr. Shelly is there with a grin ear to ear. Paul knows all about injustice in the Port and a former elected official calling for his resignation from council before he had is day is court to expose an injustice.
Thank you Ms. D for the courage and wisdom to return to teaching. We missed you and need your expertise. You are a inspiration to the students when you prevailed legally after many ridiculed you to not have a chance. You showed them otherwise. This is a priceless example and lesson learned for your students and all other students in the MASD --- do not be a quitter! And, Ms. D. is not a quitter.
#24 Sep 4, 2014
McKeesport teacher rehired at the top of district's pay scale !!!!
A former fourth-grade teacher who was fired from the McKeesport Area School District after having sex with another teacher on campus during school hours has been hired back at an annual salary of $87,001.
Angela DiBattista was rehired at the top of the district's teacher pay scale, based on her educational background, for the upcoming school year, McKeesport Education Association president Matthew Mols said, after an almost nine-year legal battle with the district.
Ms. DiBattista had been teaching with the district for over a decade when she was suspended without pay in January 2006 and fired in February 2011 on immorality charges after she testified during a judicial proceeding that she had sex with former teacher union president and fellow teacher Patrick Collins, while other teachers stood as lookouts.
Mr. Collins, who had been with the district more than 30 years, retired with a $58,000 settlement and his teaching certificate intact while Ms. DiBattista was dismissed.
Commonwealth Court judges, however, ruled the district was wrong in using her testimony to fire her because of an "implied agreement" between Ms. DiBattista and district officials that she would be immune to punishment in exchange for her testimony.
The Commonwealth Court opinion did not specifically demand the district rehire her. The state Supreme Court refused to hear the district’s appeal of the decision in March.
The district rehired her as a Title I math specialist at Founders Hall Annex, formerly White Oak Elementary School, where the district's sixth-grade students are housed. Her first day back with the district was Aug. 25.
"She was returned to her position based upon the decision made through due process of the legal system," Mr. Mols said. "Her legal situation did not affect her performance as a teaching professional, which is a top priority for us."
She and her attorney are still negotiating the terms of her compensation for back pay. Before being rehired by the district, Ms. DiBattista was working as a dog groomer.
District administrators have declined comment and refused to provide her salary.
Read more: http://www.post-gazette.com/news/education/20...
Wow ! Talk about an expensive piece of a$$!!!!!!!!
#25 Sep 4, 2014
I think Dr. Risha is turning over in his grave.....LOL..but knowing him, probably not !
#26 Sep 5, 2014
You all blame Risha for this s#$%---- Frank McGlaughlin is tho one to blame he started this and handled it all wrong
#27 Sep 5, 2014
SHAME on her she is a embarrassment to our school district. She gave us another black eye I'm not so sure about her being around our children is so great . She should want to crawl under a rock and hide. Shame on everyone involved!!!!!discuss
#28 Sep 5, 2014
Hahahaha!!!!! LMAO!!! SHE is an embarrassment to the district??? Dear God, lady, open up your eyeballs. The entire district is one big embarrassment!
Yes you are right, everyone involved should be ashamed, her too, however, if you are from Mck. you probably kiss the mayors a$$, and he and his former mistress (now wife) were a part of all of that BS. SHE gave us the black eye??? Ppaaaallease...If there is a suit that goes further, everyone will know much more, I'm sure. You don't even know the half of what is hidden and covered up in that goofy district. the whole city is corrupt in some way or another, as a matter of fact. It's McKeesport. It's dying..I highly doubt that TWO, excuse me, FOUR teachers in the classroom after school hours doing something everyone does, more than a decade ago, is the worst thing going on in Mck. I'll bet your even friends with some of the shadiest of the people who only put on a front to you b/c your a judgmental individual. Get over it...The only one to confess was the only one thrown under the bus. Two are teaching, one retired, and she got fired. The others just had good connections (In the area.) And that's why ALL of the REAL the judges on the SUPREME COURT, according to all of the articles, ruled in her favor...Every last one of them... Anger is bad for the soul, you should just get over it. Really.
#29 Sep 5, 2014
All five of them should have been fired! Including Mr. PS.
#30 Sep 5, 2014
What about her feelings? No one is allowed to make an unfortunate decision? We need to to spend more time banning guns and supporting the good work of the Machine!!!! Hey Machine, we love you so. Huggs!
#31 Sep 5, 2014
Wait until she buys that 350K house and 80K Benz after her final settlement LOLOOLOLOLL!!
And guess what you all paid for I! HAAAAA!
#32 Sep 5, 2014
I wanna know if oral sex was involved and the look outs watching all this were even sicker than the 2 doing it !
#33 Sep 5, 2014
You're soooo mysterious... Tell us please, what was this mystery person's role? We already know what the other 4 were up to.
#34 Sep 5, 2014
Ms. D should throw a victory party and have the guest of honor, his honor who legally offended her in the Allegheny County courts, and the losing legal team defending MASD.
Their lack of judicial skills and stupid decisions will make her a millionaire.
#35 Sep 6, 2014
Anyone that would reward this nasty excuse of a woman and teacher with anything is just as disgusting. She was rightfully fired! This street ho was having sex in classrooms on multiple occasions - couldn't even get a motel room! Disgusting! She shouldn't be teaching anyone's children!
#36 Sep 6, 2014
She should be hiding under a rock, not in a classroom! How long until she's bent over another desk?
#37 Sep 6, 2014
So, she's a million dollar hooker! Ya, she should be real proud! Stop trying to spin her into a victim - she is a low class whore who spread her legs in a classroom and sued cause she got treated as the immoral teacher that she is! Really? This is her forever legacy no matter how you try to spin it - the teacher who did the nasty in her classroom - every child, every parent is talking about her and she doesn't even the common decency to walk away from here. Common low life scum
#38 Sep 6, 2014
I agree that Frank is part of the blame. May be that is why he retired rather abruptly?
But let us be fair. The union president and now school board president, certain school board members owned by MDC and their city boss, Brewster, late Risha, chief of police, DA, and the policeman SB member, teachers' union, three other teachers, and one administrator and MDC controlled law firm all are equally guilty.
All five MASD employees should have been fired IMHO.
#39 Sep 6, 2014
They should rename Brick Alley after the notorious sex cover-up artist Senator Jimmy Brewster. The new name should be Brewster (Brick) Alley.
#40 Sep 6, 2014
Mike how can you give credit, blame or suspicion to Senator Brewster as engineering this notorious cover up whose covers are now starting to be stripped away?
Besides, the esteemed elected official barely knows anyone. He said it!
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