So, as part of my effort to find a woman in my family a teaching job, I need to figure this out. Short version of the story: She moved to the county that I'm living in in 06. Started at a new school there after a workman's comp claim forced her out of the county that she'd been teaching in for 22 years. Things go ok at new school, no major complaints. Then, in 08, principal retires. New principal seems to hate her guts and goes on a subversive mission to get her fired. Its not easy to get rid of a teacher in FL and requires a shit ton of paperwork. Bogus complaints, poor reviews, etc.. The union down here is completely worthless so she really couldn't fight most of this crap. Ends up with her getting laid off and being "non-reappointed". This is a giant label that ='s fired. So, now when she goes on interviews, she believes that this principal is also sandbagging her with a poor reference. I do not believe that this is everything involved in her inability to get hired but I think it might be a portion. Any suggestions as to how to deal with a crappy reference from your old job?