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Friday, April 06, 2007

Ind.Decisions - Still more on "Gay-rights article stirs debate over student freedoms"

More today on Amy Sorrell, the faculty sponsor of a high school paper that published an opinion piece by a student urging tolenance for gay students. (For background, start with this ILB entry from March 31st.) An AP story reports today:

WOODBURN, Ind. (AP) -- A Woodlan Junior-Senior High School teacher facing termination over the content of a student newspaper article wants to know exactly why, which she will find out in a public hearing.

Amy Sorrell has been on paid leave since March 19, two months after an opinion column questioning intolerance toward homosexuals ran in The Tomahawk, the newspaper at the northeastern Indiana school. Sorrell was notified last week that the school board will consider canceling her contract on May 1 for insubordination, neglect of duty, substantial inability to perform teaching duties and other reasons in the best interest of the school district.

That led a representative for Sorrell to send a letter to superintendent Kay Novotny this week requesting the hearing. Andy Melin, assistant superintendent of secondary education and technology, said the hearing likely will be held at a special meeting of the school board before May 1.

Posted by Marcia Oddi on April 6, 2007 01:54 PM
Posted to Ind. (7th Cir.) Decisions