An educator sued a school district, alleging that the district violated her rights to free speech and deprived her of due process when it reassigned her from principal to assistant principal. The educator claimed that the reassignment was in retaliation for her actions in speaking out about issues such as staffing, scheduling, learning plans and services that were available to students. The case was dismissed by the trial court, which determined that she was not entitled to due process because she did not have an entitlement to the position of principal. She appealed this dismissal to the court of appeals.

On appeal, the court agreed that the case should be dismissed. In doing so, it noted that reassignment was permitted under the terms of the contract. The court also found that there was no violation of the right to free speech because all of the issues that the educator spoke about were related to matters that she was responsible for as part of her job. A public employee is only protected for speech that is a “matter of public concern” that involves the community at large, such as an election or bond issue.