GA Teacher Fired for Out of Bounds Political Statements

Wow, I’m shocked. Remember that teacher in Dublin, Georgia who told her students that if their parents voted for Obama, they can’t be real Christians, the one whose husband is the chair of the school board? She’s actually been fired, much to my surprise. Okay, so she “retired,” but apparently under pressure.

Dublin Schools Chuck Ledbetter announced the retirement of Nancy Perry early Tuesday morning, while simultaneously apologizing to students and parents for Perry’s actions.

“It is not the place of teachers to attempt to persuade students about religious or political beliefs,” Ledbetter said. “In doing so, the teacher was wrong and that has been communicated to her… Just as importantly, we are communicating this message to all staff of the school district.”

In March, Perry a veteran teacher at Dublin Middle School, told her students that the president is not a Christian — and that anyone who voted for him was not a Christian. Parents protested and the NAACP called for sanctions against Perry…

Ledbetter said he will work closely with the Dublin Board of Education to schedule training sessions for the district’s professional staff, “ensuring that the administration, from the central office to the principal of each school, clearly and consistently communicate to teachers our expectations.”

“We expect these subjects to become a regular part of our annual training of staff,” Ledbetter said. “We also intend to plan for greater emphasis within the curriculum on the contributions, history, and culture of diverse people groups.”

Very surprising. I figured they’d just let it go away and she’d keep teaching.

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  • Artor

    But her husband still has his position on the School Board I expect? He really needs to go too. That whole case was fucked up.

  • John Pieret

    You mean that there are some professional teachers and school administrators in Georgia? How refreshing.

  • StevoR

    Good. Sometimes sanity does prevail.

    PS. Nancy any relation of the “Oops!” man himself Texas Rick Perry btw?

  • Gregory in Seattle

    @Artor #1 – I agree, but firing an elected official is much more complicated than firing a teacher.

  • moarscienceplz

    Cue the, “Dublin Schools hates all Christians!” hue and cry in 3, 2, 1, …

  • eric

    I may be getting my “bad teacher” stories mixed up, but I vaguely recall she was slated to retire in a year or two anyway. So this is really just speeding it up by a year. No matter, still a surprising decision.

  • ashleybell

    I get the sense that within all of our institutions, from education to law enforcement that there is a kind of ‘hostage’ situation where all the good teacher and good cops essentially have a ‘virtual’ gag-order on any dissent from an irrational, dangerous, and threatening few…The more that these institutions feel like SOMEONE has got their back, more people will start stepping up to the plate…It’s like when 100 people watch 1 bully bullying some guy and nobody does anything…But then someone in the crowd steps up to help the victim and seconds later, everyone else piles on…It’s a tipping point kind of thing…

  • abb3w

    @1, Artor

    But her husband still has his position on the School Board I expect?

    Almost everywhere, school board seats are elected offices. If mere animus and ill-will don’t induce a voluntary resignation of an elected official, there may not be much that can be done until the next election.

    Looking, his actions might violate the Georgia state board policies on nepotism and conflicts of interest, which would allow the other members of the board to call for a disciplinary hearing against him; that would require 30 days notice, and a 2/3 vote of the board to impose a sanction. I think I saw in some news piece that it’s a five-person board, which therefore would require everyone else on the board support whatever sanction. If elections are coming up soon, it might not be worth the hassle.

  • grumpyoldfart

    Call in the forensic bookkeepers. Check out her retirement package. There’s something going on.

  • lorn

    Nancy Perry, young and conservative, attractive and articulate, can expect to easily find employment at one of the many Christian academies in Georgia and seems to have a chance at a media career as right-wing victim if she so chooses.

  • magistramarla

    The day after President Obama was first elected in 2008, one of my students was wearing an Obama t-shirt and happily gave me a high five, I didn’t say anything, but smiled and returned the high five.

    A girl in the class who is a fundi xtian complained to Mommy, who complained to the principal, and I got an e-mail reprimanding me for it.