Monday, July 06, 2015

Oregon "teacher of the year" fired apparently for public activism


German Lopez of Vox Media is reporting that a “teacher of the year” in Multnomal, Oregon was fired after he complained about anti-gay harassment.  Oregon is a state that protects public employees from sexual orientation discrimination, Idaho does not.  German Lopez has the story on Vox here.
  
The school district says that he spent time out of class on activism, and was perhaos losing disciplinary control of some students and behaving in an insubordinate manner himself.  But he may very well win his legal case.  Of course, a major issue is a public employee's free speech, and "distribution". 

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