September 29, 2006 02:00am
Star Teacher Fired for Museum Field Trip
Source: Free Speech X-Press
by: Layne Winklebleck
(FRISCO, TX) -- The school board here has voted not to renew Fisher Elementary School art teacher Sydney McGee's contract after 28 years because one of her fifth-grade students saw a nude sculpture during a field trip to the Dallas Museum of Art.
McGee, who was honored with a Star Teacher Award two years ago, is on paid administrative leave until her contract with the school district expires in March.
Although the board decision was based on concerns expressed by some parents, other parents are worried about the future of the art program at the school, which they cite as a reason for moving into the neighborhood.
"Our main concern right now is what's going to happen to the children and what's going to happen to the art program at Fisher Elementary. It is the best art program. That's the reason we moved to this neighborhood. It's because of the teachers," said Shannon Allen, a parent. "It was a principal-approved trip. What's the big deal?"
Information is from the Kansas City Channel.com, 9/26/06