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School-based discipline in play for Gulf High teacher involved in voter registration mess



The Pasco County school district made the national news when a Gulf High School teacher allowed volunteers from Organizing for America, a Democratic group, to make partisan speeches to students while ostensibly registering voters. (GOP speakers were not allowed afterward despite requests.)

That doesn't mean teacher Jennifer Dixon's discipline will be as outsized as the Fox News controversy that ensued.

"It was really a school-level discipline," superintendent Heather Fiorentino said. "Only because it got into politics it got blown out of proportion."

Policies were violated, she said. But it was only one classroom at one school, she reminded the School Board on Tuesday.

"It's just more appropriate that (the penalty) comes from the principal than from me," she told the Gradebook.

Board members sounded satisfied with that decision, asking only whether Fiorentino would recommend any policy changes for them to consider. Fiorentino responded that the board already had done all that it needed to do. 

[Last modified: Wednesday, November 7, 2012 2:07pm]


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