A Florida middle school teacher has been disciplined for writing a racially offensive phrase about Barack Obama on his classroom dry-erase board last month.
The Tallahassee Democrat reported Friday that school officials learned the teacher wrote the phrase in a 7th grade class of mostly white students.
The phrase, which invoked Obama's campaign slogan, said, "C.H.A.N.G.E. -- Come Help A (N-word) Get Elected."
According to the newspaper, the teacher, Greg Howard, was suspended for 10 days without pay and will be forced to write a letter of apology to the students. He will also be reassigned to teach in the adult education program.
The Marianna Middle School teacher has been teaching in the district for 17 years, the paper reported.
Answer by pnwmom at 7:31 PM on Oct. 15, 2008
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Answer by KatieBatey at 5:15 PM on Oct. 15, 2008
A little thing called tenure allows him to keep his job.
Answer by sammygrl77 at 5:17 PM on Oct. 15, 2008
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Answer by Mom1Stepmom1 at 6:36 PM on Oct. 15, 2008
Oct. 15, 2008 by: sammygrl77 From what I understand, and I could be wrong, with tenure teachers can't be fired for any reason. Hopefully someone has more info on that.
I am a teacher and that is not true at all. A teacher at my school was fired last year for misusing the Internet at school. What he did was minor compared to what the teacher in this story did. He could/should be fired.
Answer by MAUREEN55 at 7:50 PM on Oct. 15, 2008
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