"Your presence in the classroom would cause a disruption to the educational process. I fear there would be less than a serious approach to schooling by students who viewed the video or know about it."
I wonder if this woman is a Republican? I've got this evil feeling that if she were a Democrat she wouldn't have been suspended.
What I'm saying is:
- The teachers' unions are filled with predominantly Democratic members.
- It's notoriously difficult for a teacher to be fired since the union contracts are so strong.
- The unions (usually) rally around an embattled teacher if, say, s/he's been accused of having sex with a student.
- Considering the Democrats' usual lah-de-dah response to sex scandals (if they involve Democrats), I came to the conclusion that the teacher must be a Republican and the superintendent of this school district saw a chance to look virtuous by branding this woman with a scarlet letter.
I have no proof...just evil speculation.
And a comment. Anonymous said ...
Actually in KY you do not receive tenure as a teacher until the end of the 4th year. She only had two years of teaching experience so there would be nothing KEA (teacher's union) could do. The school board or superintendent would not have to provide any reason for not rehiring her. I really doubt her political affiliation would have any influence on getting a job with this school system. The area is predominately Democrats but this is a very Conservative community. I personally feel sorry for her, I know teachers that taught with her and all say she is a very effective teacher and seems to have gotten her life in order. This is one of those unfortunate incidents that would get you fired as a teacher under KY law (moral conduct either present or past). Just my thoughts on the matter.
Steve Erbach said...
I have to confess that my more evil side ran away with me on this one. I've seen lots of stories of teachers that acted, shall we say, inappropriately and were able to maintain employment.
You explanation makes sense. I definitely feel sorry for this woman. Whenever a career catastrophe happens – whether it's 'Scooter' Libby taking a fall for the President or this gal being drummed out of teaching – one has to wonder where the person ends up. Will this woman be able to get a teaching job elsewhere? It might be tough with her face plastered all over the national media.
The Town Crank
And now I've heard from another "anonymous" commenter saying that he (I presume it's a 'he') once dated this teacher. I won't post his comment here as I'm beginning to think that it might be best to leave anonymous comments buried on the comments page. Why, one could say anything in those comments! The idea!