Lesbian teacher suspended for showing photo of 'future wife' gets $100,000 settlement
Lesbian teacher suspended for showing photo of 'future wife' gets $, settlement
But at this moment, what could be worse? This was the one question I was hoping would not come up on camera. I had not told any lies, but I had certainly been economical — evasive, perhaps — with the truth. Now here we were, with TV cameras in front of us, and here was Tom, a boy with ADHD and a non-negotiable sense of right and wrong, whose question was not going to be brushed away. I could almost hear the whir of the zoom lenses focusing in on my face as I paused to consider the consequences of what I was about to say, potentially to two million viewers. And here, there were cameras too.
Teachers' Views of Students with Gay or Lesbian Parents
Eighty-three female and 24 male teachers responded to an anonymous questionnaire exploring four aspects of teachers' views of students who have gay or lesbian parents: 1 exposure to and general knowledge about homosexuality, 2 attitudes towards gays and lesbians, 3 interactions with gay or lesbian parents, including school practices and policies, and 4 beliefs about problems experienced by students with gay and lesbian parents. Most teachers knew some gay males and lesbians, had limited education and knowledge about homosexuality, and possessed moderately tolerant attitudes towards gays and lesbians. They believed that students with gay or lesbian parents had more problems in social interaction but were more mature, tolerant, and self-reliant than other students. Open-ended questions about gay and lesbian parents and their children revealed a wide range of answers, ranging from very supportive to noticeably hostile.
The Mansfield Independent School District said that the two parties agreed to settle in an "amicable" manner and that it denied "any wrongdoing or liability," telling NBC News in an email that the district wanted to "avoid the time, expense, stress and other impacts of continuing litigation, which would interfere with the mission of educating the students. Bailey, who began working at Charlotte Anderson Elementary School in the Dallas suburb of Arlington over a decade ago, sued the district and two school administrators in May , claiming that the defendants wrongly discriminated against her because of her sexual orientation. According to the suit, a parent complained to the school board and the superintendent that Bailey was promoting a "homosexual agenda" in the classroom by showing students a picture of the woman who is now her wife during a "Get to Know Your Teacher" presentation.