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Teacher accused of breach of contract

An ex Head Start teacher that apparently received financial assistance from her employer has been accused of breaching the terms of her contract, according to news sources. A breach of contract suit can be potentially damaging to the reputation of an educator, as Florida residents are aware. However, the importance of honoring contracts cannot be overstated, and ethical business standards must be upheld.

A community action association in another state employed the woman She was pursuing a college degree while she was teaching. The association claims that, pursuant to a contract with the teacher, it provided financial assistance to her at the beginning of each school year to pay for her college tuition. As consideration, she agreed to teach for the association for three years after the completion of her degree.

However, the woman quit her job before completing her degree. The association claims that she is required to reimburse the association for funds advanced to her since she did not honor her teaching commitment. The breach of contract suit was presumably filed because the woman failed to reimburse her prior employer in accordance with the association's understanding of the agreement. The association is seeking damages of an undisclosed amount.

When an individual or business agrees to do something, it is in the best interests of that individual or organization to follow through. Florida business owners understand that a breach of contract can spell lost time and revenue for all parties involved. It remains to be seen what the result of this lawsuit will be. If there a written agreement between the parties exists, the outcome may hinge on the specific language contained in the document.

Source:, "Former Head Start teacher breached contract, group claims", Whitney Brakken, April 17, 2014

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