Fired WV State Schools Superintendent Will Get Day In Court

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Fired West Virginia Schools Superintendent Jorea Marple will get her day in court about a year from now.

In an order filed Thursday, U.S. District Judge Thomas E. Johnston scheduled her lawsuit against the state Board of Education for trial on April 22, 2014, in Charleston.

Johnston also ordered the parties to attempt to settle the lawsuit by March 7, 2014.

Marple sued the state Board of Education in Kanawha County Circuit Court in February, but the case was moved to federal court.

Marple's lawsuit alleges that she was denied due process when she was abruptly fired last November. The lawsuit also says the dismissal's handling wrongly damaged her reputation.

The board cited lagging student performance and a desire to head in a new direction with new leadership.