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For Florida teachers, a double standard for student insults?



For our latest installment of "Does the Punishment Fit the Crime?" in teacher conduct cases, consider:

The state Education Practices Commission is recommending a letter of reprimand and a $500 fine for a Clearwater High Spanish teacher who allegedly told a student she should go back to Mexico if she didn't want to hear President Obama's student address.

Fair? Not fair? Before you answer, consider this too: Back in 2006, a Pinellas middle school teacher landed in big trouble when he allegedly told a black student who did not stand for the Pledge of Allegiance that he should go back to Africa.

After the district (under then Superintendent Clayton Wilcox) suspended the Oak Grove Middle teacher for 10 days without pay, the EPC suspended his teaching certificate for a year, put him on another two years probation and ordered him to take a college-level course on cultural diversity.

The EPC complaint against the Clearwater High teacher is attached below. Under a proposed settlement the teacher signed in August, she neither admits nor denies the allegations. The settlement goes before the EPC for consideration on Jan. 20.

[Last modified: Friday, December 31, 2010 9:14am]


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