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NYC Lawsuit: Teacher sues school over suspension for in-class talk of HIV/AIDS

New York employment attorney news: A city teacher filed suit against the DOE over her suspension for allowing explicit language into a discussion on HIV/AIDS.

05/21/2010 // West Palm Beach, FL, USA // Tara Monks // Tara Monks

New York, NY – A federal judge ruled Thursday, May 20, 2010, that a Staten Island teacher who allowed students to use sexually explicit language in a classroom discussion of HIV/AIDS, was wrongfully suspended from her position and will be allowed to follow through with a lawsuit against the New York City Department of Education, as reported by The Wall Street Journal.

Faith Kramer, 48, with 26 years experience, was expelled for eight months for her decision to allow the students to freely discuss sex. Kramer had tenure at I.S. 72. Court documents stated parents were outraged at Kramer’s decision.

Kramer was ordered to sit out the eight months in one of the now-notorious rubber rooms, which have since been shut down.

Judge Jack Weinstein’s 67-page decision came complete with an appendix of students’ notes of words used in the classroom discussion, which contained many slang terms and expletives that lawyers against the teacher claimed were not suitable for school.

He wrote of the teacher’s endeavor to treat the students as adults in a conversation about HIV, stating, “Executing such a task would require great sensitivity, skill, commitment, and not a little courage…Based on the regulation, this teacher ought never to have been removed from the classroom.”

She filed a $1 million lawsuit on behalf of lost wages and embarrassment.

The city stated it disagreed with the court’s decision on Thursday.

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