I believe strongly in the First Amendment. I believe that people absolutely have the right to believe what they want and to say what they want, no matter how loony.
But many people seem to forget that they don’t have the right to say anything that they want while at their jobs. Their employers can limit that voice while on the clock. And, yes, that limit includes teachers (that limit to the First Amendment doesn’t extend to students because students didn’t choose to be in school. The teachers did choose to be there.).
One pro-Black Lives Matter teach in Florida decided to push the issue and defy Florida Governor Ron DeSantis’s decision not to teach racist Critical Race Theory in Florida schools. Unfortunately, for her, it doesn’t look like she got the result that she expected. Patricia Tolson writes,
A Duval County teacher has been terminated from classroom instruction for refusing to remove a Black Lives Matter banner from the wall outside her classroom, violating Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis’ ban of Critical Race Theory (CRT) in public schools.
A Duval County, Florida teacher Amy Donofrio was terminated from her position as a Language Arts teacher at Robert E. Lee High School for—as Florida Education Commissioner Richard Corcoran described—having “an entire classroom memorialized to Black Lives Matter,” reported Action News Jax on May 17.
“The commissioner referred to censure, firing, and termination in his answer at Hillsdale College,” Cheryl Etters, Interim Director of Communications for the Florida Department of Education (FDOE), told The Epoch Times. “All are recommendations he makes to the Office of Professional Practices Services on an ongoing basis and are well within his power.”
The FDOE’s “Office of Professional Practices Services (PPS) investigates misconduct by educators who hold a Florida Educator Certificate or a valid application for a Florida Educator Certificate.”
“In referring to the Jacksonville case,” Etters clarified to The Epoch Times, “he used ‘terminate’ to indicate the decision to terminate the teacher from classroom instruction. This was done by the district, and the commissioner was in agreement. Obviously, the commissioner possesses significant authority to ensure every child has access to a world-class education free from indoctrination.”
Now, like a normal butt-hurt leftist, Donofrio is suing because she (I’m assuming “she.” I didn’t ask her pronouns.) says that firing her for her BLM signage violated her freedom of speech. If there is any justice left in America, her case will get smacked down.
If Donofrio wants to teach Critical Race Theory, then she needs to get a job someplace that will pay her to indoctrinate people into that nonsense, but taxpayer dollars should never be used to promote it.