Philly schools have a ways to go in language equity
Philadelphia parents who don’t speak English say they’ve long been excluded from parts of their children’s education because of language barriers, and the school district’s pandemic response and the return to in-person learning has only exacerbated their concerns. (Oct. 23)
The General McLane High School teacher who posted controversial comments on social media Sunday no longer has a job in the school district, according to a statement released by district officials Friday.
“The teacher responsible for the social media post will not be returning in any capacity to the General McLane School District,” officials said.
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The announcement followed a weeklong investigation of the teacher’s actions.
“We reiterate the degree to which the comments in her post, figurative and literal, were unacceptable and inappropriate, and we will continue to focus on what is best for our students now and in the future,” the school district statement said.
District officials would not say if the teacher was fired.
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“We will not comment further on any personnel actions,” General McLane schools Superintendent Matt Lane said.
The teacher posted Sunday on the Erie News Now Facebook page that a Pennsylvania man in danger of losing his job for refusing to be vaccinated against COVID-19 is “going to put all the people around him in danger.”
The post continued, “I don’t know why the GOP doesn’t just take those guns they profess to love so much and just start shooting all of their constituents who feel this way,” she said. “It would be quicker and ultimately safer than putting me and my friends and family at risk.”
The teacher later removed the post and in an apology addressed to Lane and obtained by the Erie Times-News, said that she is “deeply sorry” for her comments.