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Early in May, Lawrence High School of Lawrence, Kansas fired government and history teacher Tim Latham. Latham charges that the district fired him because he is a conservative and many of his students have since rallied to his defense.
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.
“It has nothing to do with his political beliefs,” Superintendent Randy Weseman said.
Latham and his supporters, including some of his former students and the Kansas 9:12 Project, a group in which Latham is also a member, say his political views are the reason his contract was not renewed.
“He’s being told ... you’re not conforming to our culture. You’re not fitting in,” Stegall said.
Latham was recommended for nonrenewal on April 27. He was pulled from the final list the school board approved on June 8, pending Monday’s hearing. Weseman said he would render a written decision in a few days.