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Thursday, April 30, 2015

No Free Speech to Criticize Common Core

A teacher in Louisiana, named Deborah Vailes has been teaching junior high in Louisiana for the past 2 years. She has a stellar record and is especially passionate about helping special needs kids become readers. One day she posted a criticism of the Common Core curriculum on her personal Facebook page. She then was faced with disciplinary action, suppression of her right to free speech, retaliation from school officials, and possible loss of her job. When the school principal discovered the post, she gave Deborah a written reprimand and ordered her to refrain from expression any opinion about public education on social media and to remove her anti-Common Core post from the website ASAP. Deborah was also instructed that she was forbidden to discuss her opinion on social media or in any public forum. Two days later, the principal informed the school faculty that Deborah had been reprimanded due to posting a negative opinion about Common Core on Facebook, and ordered the rest of the faculty not to share their personal opinions or speak out in any way.

Deborah had never received any reprimand before. Since her criticism of Common Core, she has received three additional written reprimands, and school administrators are now constantly visiting her class and she has been shifted to a job category that will be eliminated at the end of the school year, which means Deborah’s employment will be terminated. Deborah is also ordered to refrain from expressing any opinion about public education on social media.

The Thomas More Law Center, a national public interest law firm filed a lawsuit on her behalf against the school district and the school principal. We don’t yet know how this will all turn out, but it certainly demonstrates that the imposition of Common Core on public school children is highly controversial, and it’s no wonder that moms and many teachers are up in arms all over the country in an effort to remove it from the classroom.

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