(Image source: WLEX)

 

BY LOGAN TITTLE
ANCHOR CANDICE AVILES

 

One Kentucky teacher is facing criticism for writing a politically charged statement on a classroom whiteboard.

A South Laurel County High School teacher wrote “You can’t be a democrat and go to heaven.” But WLEX explains it wasn’t her comment.

“The class had been debating around election day, and Superintendent Doug Bennett says the psychology teacher, identified as Kendra Baker, wrote a student's comment on the board.”

The superintendent told the Sentinel Echo, even though it was a student’s comment, it is in violation of district policy that states teachers have the responsibility to maintain a positive classroom atmosphere.

“...teachers are expected to exercise reasonable and prudent judgment.  The teacher made a mistake and I believe the teacher regrets that … We as educators have the freedom to campaign for political parties and candidates on our own time.  However, this right does not extend to our work schedule.”

According to the Huffington Post, there have been several instances when educators inappropriately brought politics into the classroom.

In October, a South Carolina teacher was removed from the classroom for placing a sign in her classroom that read, “The road to hell is paved with Democrats.”  The teacher was temporarily suspended.

Baker has reportedly been teaching for 17 years. The superintendent has said she was reprimanded for action, apologized to the students and will continue teaching.

Kentucky Teacher Stirs Controversy After Whiteboard Message

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Nov 24, 2012

Kentucky Teacher Stirs Controversy After Whiteboard Message

(Image source: WLEX)

 

BY LOGAN TITTLE
ANCHOR CANDICE AVILES

 

One Kentucky teacher is facing criticism for writing a politically charged statement on a classroom whiteboard.

A South Laurel County High School teacher wrote “You can’t be a democrat and go to heaven.” But WLEX explains it wasn’t her comment.

“The class had been debating around election day, and Superintendent Doug Bennett says the psychology teacher, identified as Kendra Baker, wrote a student's comment on the board.”

The superintendent told the Sentinel Echo, even though it was a student’s comment, it is in violation of district policy that states teachers have the responsibility to maintain a positive classroom atmosphere.

“...teachers are expected to exercise reasonable and prudent judgment.  The teacher made a mistake and I believe the teacher regrets that … We as educators have the freedom to campaign for political parties and candidates on our own time.  However, this right does not extend to our work schedule.”

According to the Huffington Post, there have been several instances when educators inappropriately brought politics into the classroom.

In October, a South Carolina teacher was removed from the classroom for placing a sign in her classroom that read, “The road to hell is paved with Democrats.”  The teacher was temporarily suspended.

Baker has reportedly been teaching for 17 years. The superintendent has said she was reprimanded for action, apologized to the students and will continue teaching.

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