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N.C. District to Discipline Teachers For Social-Network Postings

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Several teachers in the Charlotte-Mecklenburg, N.C., school district face discipline for posting images and material on the social-networking site Facebook that school leaders find objectionable, including one teacher who wrote, “I hate my students!”

District spokeswoman Nora Carr said officials are recommending that one teacher be fired for writing that she teaches “in the most ghetto school in Charlotte” and describing her students as “chitlins.”

That teacher has been suspended with pay pending a final determination about her dismissal. Teachers can appeal firings.

Ms. Carr said four teachers face unspecified discipline that is less than suspension or dismissal. Teachers can be punished at any time for “behaving in any unethical or lascivious conduct,” according to the district’s code of conduct, and the district is working on a memo to remind its 19,000 employees that Web information should be appropriate.

Vol. 28, Issue 13, Pages 4-5

Published in Print: November 19, 2008, as N.C. District to Discipline Teachers For Social-Network Postings
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