A teacher denied tenure made a prima facie case of First Amendment retaliation when she presented evidence that school officials may have been reacting to the way she reported teacher-on-student abuse at her prior school, a federal appeals court has ruled.

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit ruled that special education teacher Nancy L. Nagle can pursue her civil rights claim against the Mamaroneck Union Free School District and that it was premature for a lower court to find school officials were shielded by qualified immunity.

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