Recently, I flew halfway across the country for an interview. Not only did the interview go well, it could not have gone better! The principal and school board chair both believed I was a perfect fit for the school, and they were excited to have me join the school. I filled out all the necessary paperwork and cleared my state-mandated background check. Three weeks later, after I had quit my former job, hired a long-distance moving company, and nearly sold my car, the school board denied approval of my contract but gave no reason for it. The principal and school board chair ardently argued for approval of my contract but the board was steadfast. When pressed repeatedly, the board gave no adequate reason given. (School boards routinely approve of any teacher applicant who has the approval of administrators. Denial to applicants who have successfully passed the interview process is rare.)
When the principal told me of the news, she was upset because she believed it was unethical. Besides, she knew I was good for the school and could tell that the students would enjoy having me as a teacher. She explained that the school board's decision was final and that the chair could not overrule or veto that decision.
The school board chair, the principal, and I all acted in good faith and were looking forward to the coming school year. Do I have any recourse in this matter? Do I not have the right to know why I was denied the job after the principal and school board chair promised it to me? This makes me suspect the unspoken reason for not approving the contract was not defensible by law.