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Settlement Released Between Wake Schools, Controversial Teacher

Posted April 8, 2008 7:40 p.m. EDT
Updated April 9, 2008 10:57 a.m. EDT

— Details of an out-of-court settlement between the Wake County Public School System and a former Enloe High School teacher were released Tuesday.

Robert Escamilla was suspended with pay in February 2007 after he invited Kamil Solomon, head of Kamil International Ministries, to his class.

The school board said Escamilla knew Solomon would denigrate Islam and was not acceptable. Escamilla was later reassigned to Mary E. Phillips High School, an alternative school, where he was paid less than he had been at Enloe.

In November, Escamilla filed a lawsuit to contest his 2007 performance evaluation, a letter of reprimand and his transfer from Enloe High.

As part of the settlement, Escamilla can continue to teach at Mary E. Phillips High. He is eligible to retire in six months if he completes his current action plan by obtaining at least standard teaching ratings.

Escamilla, who taught at Enloe for 18 years, also fought to get a 12-page reprimand removed from his employment file, but the school board denied the request.

Escamilla and the school board agreed not to disparage one another in the settlement. Escamilla must also drop his lawsuit.