Ex-head of West Virginia schools’ federal suit dismissed

CHARLESTON (AP) — A federal lawsuit filed by West Virginia’s former state school superintendent has been dismissed at her attorneys’ request.

A U.S. District Court judge on Thursday approved the request by lawyers for Jorea Marple to dismiss the lawsuit because of a similar lawsuit filed earlier this month in Kanawha County Circuit Court.

Marple was fired in November 2012. The lawsuit claims that she was unlawfully fired and that members of the Board of Education secretly plotted to oust her and broke open-meeting laws.

The Charleston Gazette reports that Marple singles out former board president Wade Linger as a co-defendant in the lawsuit.

The lawsuit seeks relief including for the loss of reputation among her peers, loss of ability to get another job of equal stature, and mental anguish.

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