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State has paid $63K in Marple legal fees

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By Staff reports 
The Charleston Gazette

The state Department of Education has paid more than $63,000 for legal counsel in response to former state superintendent of schools Jorea Marple’s lawsuit, according to documents from the West Virginia Board of Risk and Insurance Management.

A Freedom of Information Act request was made by the West Virginia Citizens Against Lawsuit Abuse last week inquiring about the Department of Education’s fees in Jorea Marple v. West Virginia Board of Education.

The Department of Education has paid Charleston firm Pullin, Fowler, Flanagan, Brown & Poe $63,055 since November 2013, according to the documents.

The WVCALA sent the information out in a press release on Tuesday.

The state Board of Education fired Marple in November 2012. Marple is now suing for wrongful termination and claiming the board violated open meeting laws.