Thursday, June 11, 2009

High School Teacher Fired for Being Conservative

Early in May, Lawrence High School of Lawrence, Kansas fired government and history teacher Tim Latham. Latham charges that District 912 fired him because he is a conservative and many of his students have since rallied to his defense. Some 200 of them joined a FaceBook page in support and four appeared at a school board meeting on June 8 to advocate for their favorite teacher.

One reason given for the firing is that Mr. Latham did not show Obama’s inauguration live in his class and another is that staff members disparaged him for supporting Republicans during the late presidential race, most especially then vice presidential candidate Gov. Sarah Palin.

On June 8, an advocacy group, Kansas 9.12 Project also attended the school board meeting and spoke on Mr. Latham’s behalf.  According to a press release from the Kansas 9/12 Project, school board members admitted to the teachers union that they had not properly followed union rules to dismiss the teacher.

Meredith Richey, member, Kansas 9/12 Project, said it had come to the attention of the group that a teacher within Lawrence Public Schools was given a non-renewal because of a difference in political opinion. She asked the board of education to investigate this and possibly reconsider the non-renewal or check into how teachers are released so this is not a pattern in Lawrence. She said different opinions should be tolerated and she believes this is worth exploring.


Euripides June 11, 2009 at 4:46 PM  

Yep, I believe it. The schools are now the sacred cow of liberalism.

Chuck June 11, 2009 at 9:12 PM  

Might as well teach the kids about liberal intolerance to get them ready for college.

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