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A middle school teacher says she lost her job at a Pontiac, Mich. charter school because she helped students organize a fundraiser for the family of slain Florida teenager Trayvon Martin.
The firing of Brooke Harris, an English and journalism teacher at Pontiac Academy for Excellence Middle School garnered national attention.
You are not to my knowledge allowed to organize political or other causes during school hours. The superintendent gave the order clearly.
Harris said she asked Cassell if the students could present their idea in person but was criticized for even making the request. Harris was suspended for two days. She said was told she was being paid to teach, not to be an activist.
“When you have an idea it needs to go through the ranks, it’s how to respond to the decisions that makes all the difference,” said Cassell.
Harris also claims she had briefly stopped by an after school literacy fair she had organized while she was suspended, that was considered insubordination and she was therefore fired.