Teacher Who Told Student He Could Be Arrested Will Keep Her Job
June 21, 2012 by Bryan Nash
The social studies teacher who became irate earlier in the year when a student asked a question about President Barack Obama will return to educate students.
Tanya Dixon-Neely made national news after she told a student that people were arrested for disrespecting former President George W. Bush. The “fact of the day”
for the students was that Mitt Romney was a bully. Hunter Rogers asked, “Didn’t Obama bully somebody though?” (He was referring to a story recounted in Obama’s book Dreams of My Father.) Following Rogers’ question, Dixon-Neely told the student he could be arrested.
Superintendent Judy Grissom said in a statement:
While I remain deeply concerned about the performance documented in the recording of Ms. Dixon-Neely’s classroom, I have concluded that she should have a chance to improve her teaching skills. Under these circumstances, suspension without pay for 10 workdays and a requirement that Ms. Dixon-Neely complete a monitored growth plan is an appropriate resolution.
Most of Dixon-Neely’s teaching time has been spent in the Alternative to Suspension Program, but she was given a regular classroom because of staffing needs. According to Grissom, Dixon-Neely “will be reassigned to her position in the Alternative to Suspension Program.”
Grissom says she is ready for the school district to move on.