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WOONSOCKET â€“ A legal claim seeking more than $2 million in damages has been filed against the Woonsocket Education Department by a veteran teacher who claims she was fired in 2013 for protesting improper budget cuts in special education programs.
Cynthia Boss claims school officials were unlawfully shifting special education students into regular classrooms at the same time their performance auditors were recommending a 5 percent cut in the special education budget.
Through her attorney, Dante J. Giammarco of Warwick, sheâ€™s put the city on notice that she intends to file suit under the state Whistleblower Protection Act. The law is designed to indemnify workers who have allegedly been punished by their employers for calling attention to illegal activity.
Full story appears on page A1 of Saturday's Call.