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Teachers: Held to a higher standard



Teachers frequently say they feel like people put them under greater scrutiny for what they do, whether at work or not, than others are subjected to.

George Washington University law professor Jonathan Turley says it's getting worse:

"Most citizens view the end of work each day as a clear line in dividing their responsibilities to an employer from their rights as an individual. While at work, we accept that we must comply with work-related expectations and policies. But when the whistle blows, we consider ourselves our own masters - pursuing recreation or even legal vices as we see fit.

"Increasingly, however, public school teachers are being fired or suspended for perfectly lawful activities during off-work hours when those activities are deemed inappropriate by parents or school officials.

Dedicated teachers deserve better, Turley suggests in his column, which includes a few Florida examples. Read his piece, then feel free to weigh in.

[Last modified: Tuesday, April 3, 2012 1:32pm]


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