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Appeals court rules against fired Miami-Dade schools administrator


A former Miami-Dade schools administrator accused of illegally obtaining public scholarship money to defray the costs of her children’s private school tuition should stay fired, a Miami appeals court ruled this week.

The school board canned Deborah Swirsky-Nunez after the special education programs supervisor was arrested in June 2010 and accused of finagling state-funded scholarships for special needs students to help pay for her children’s education. The board upheld her firing two years later after Swirsky-Nunez appealed to an administrative law judge.

Swirsky-Nunez appealed that decision to the Third District Court of Appeal. She argued, among other points, that incriminating, fraudulent documents found in her daughter’s student file had been planted.

On Wednesday, the court ruled in the school board’s favor without explaining its decision. An attorney for Swirsky-Nunez could not be immediately reached. Prosecutors in November agreed to drop charges in exchange for fines and 150 hours of community service.