No. 08-3678.

591 F.3d 896 (2010)

Robert GILBERT, Plaintiff-Appellant, v. ILLINOIS STATE BOARD OF EDUCATION, et al., Defendants-Appellees.

United States Court of Appeals, Seventh Circuit.

Decided January 11, 2010.

Attorney(s) appearing for the Case

John W. Norris, Wolf & Norris, Riverwoods, IL, Robert A. Wolf (argued), Denver, CO, for Plaintiff-Appellant.

Jerald S. Post (argued), Office of the Attorney General, Elaine K.B. Siegel (argued), Siegel & Saphire-Berstein, Chicago, IL, for Defendants-Appellees.

Before EASTERBROOK, Chief Judge, and POSNER and WOOD, Circuit Judges.

WOOD, Circuit Judge.

From 1978 until July 1995, Robert Gilbert worked as a social studies teacher at Palatine High School, which was run by the Board of Education of Township High School District 211 (the "District"). While Gilbert was widely regarded for his skills in the classroom, he continually sparred with colleagues and school officials. Tired of the conflicts, the District discharged Gilbert on July 12, 1995, citing his insubordination, his acrimonious relationship...

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