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The latest setback for Freshwater

John Freshwater's legal challenge to the decision to terminate his employment as a middle school science teacher in Mount Vernon, Ohio, failed on October 5, 2011, when a Knox County Common Pleas Court ruled against him.

The Freshwater case continues

John Freshwater is now challenging the Mount Vernon City School Board of Education's decision to terminate his employment as a middle school science teacher.

Freshwater officially fired

On January 10, 2011, the Mount Vernon City Schools Board of Education voted 4-1 to terminate the employment of John Freshwater.

Recommendation in the Freshwater case

"A Mount Vernon teacher defied his bosses and ignored the U.S. Constitution when he continually used his 8th-grade science classes to push his own Christian agenda and he should be fired for it, a state hearing officer has concluded," the Columbus Dispatch (January 8, 2011) reported.

Settlement in Freshwater case final

The judge presiding over Doe v. Mount Vernon Board of Education et al. approved a proposed settlement on December 3, 2010, bringing the case to its end.

Settlement in Freshwater case

The judge presiding over Doe v. Mount Vernon Board of Education et al. approved a proposed settlement in the case on November 23, 2010, according to the Mount Vernon News (November 30, 2010).

Settlement in Freshwater case imminent

A settlement is in the works in Doe v. Mount Vernon Board of Education et al., the case in which John Freshwater, a Mount Vernon, Ohio, middle school science teacher, was accused of inappropriate religious activity in the classroom — including displaying posters with the Ten Commandments and Bible verses, branding crosses on the arms of his students with a high-voltage electrical device, and teaching creationism.

Freshwater case in The New York Times

The controversy over John Freshwater, a Mount Vernon, Ohio, middle school science teacher accused of inappropriate religious activity in the classroom, reached the pages of The New York Times (January 19, 2010), just as the lengthy administrative hearing on his termination is finally nearing its end.

Partial settlement in Freshwater case

A partial settlement was reportedly reached in Doe v. Mount Vernon Board of Education et al., the case in which a Mount Vernon, Ohio, teacher, was accused of inappropriate religious activity in the classroom — including displaying posters with the Ten Commandments and Bible verses, branding crosses into the arms of his students with a high-voltage electrical device, and teaching creationism.

Creationist teacher in Ohio sues school district

"John Freshwater, an eighth-grade science teacher facing dismissal for allegedly preaching in the classroom, is suing the Mount Vernon City School District, saying it violated his constitutional and civil rights," the Columbus Dispatch (June 11, 2009) reported.

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