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Karyn:  About six years ago I filed a due process for my child based on her teachers refusal to follow her IEP, mostly from middle school to high school. I handled the case pro se and lost. Unfortunately, this is what I needed to go through just to get the teachers to acknowledge the IEP.
Now, I am about to become a licensed teacher myself, and I am looking for a full-time job, in a city that was short 2000 teachers at the start of the last school year.
I’ve been a substitute teacher with this school district since 1994, when my name was removed by human resources from the sub pool. I reinstated my substitute application and taught 2 long term assignment that were meant to lead to a permanent position, but did not. I’ve received no criticism about my teaching abilities, only excuses for not being hired. I am now applying for every open teaching position and I was given a tour of the school afterward. But the next day, I was told, “We’ve decided not to hire you.” though they were still interviewing. I have sensed there is something in the rumor mill that is following me.The only thing that could be causing this, is the fact that I tried to sue the same entity that I am trying to gain employment from.
This morning, I scheduled another interview with another school….and they just called to cancel.
I was advocating for my child and I was within my rights to try and protect her education, but am I protected from discrimination by the school district, for doing so? I have been working on my Masters in Education for the past year. Do I need to change career plans because I advocated for my child?

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Karyn – It pains me to say this, but the sad truth is that you may want to apply in neighboring districts, private schools and charter schools for the time being. Once you have some permanent teaching experience in your CV, it will be easier for them to see you as the asset you are. I have personally seen what you are describing. Don’t take it personally, and try not to feel bitter about it. Of course you did the right thing by advocating for your child. And your experience will make you a better teacher.