Monday, August 30, 2010

NYC Teacher Rewarded For Allowing Use of 'Street Slang' in Class

This may well mark the first time I've seen the term furburger in a news story. The kids were also using "blow job" but that's been hip with the kiddies since at least 1998. Sure, all the talk took place in an AIDS education class, though I'm not quite sure how furburger finds it into the mix.
A Staten Island sex education teacher, who sued the city after she was suspended for allowing students to use street slang like “blow job” and “furburger” in class, settled her suit for $45,000, according to the city.

Faith Kramer, 48, sued the Department of Education last year in Brooklyn federal court for $1 million after she was suspended from IS 72 and placed in a disciplinary "rubber room" for five months.

Senior Judge Jack Weinstein upheld her right to sue over her suspension because the city never expressly forbade her from using such words to teacher her AIDS awareness/sex ed class.

"If the Board of Education wants its teachers to instruct adolescents about HIV using Latinism of the academy, excluding vulgarism of the street, it should tell them so, plainly," wrote Judge Jack Weinstein in May.

But Weinstein also ruled that the city did not violate any procedure in suspending her while it investigated the parent complaints against her and limited damages to $1000.

The city announced today that they settled the case with Kramer out of court for $30,000 and $15,000 for lawyers fees.
Damages were limited to $1000 and she gets $30,000?

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