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Officials Rule Unanimously on Teacher Who Tweeted Trump

Georgia Clark had made anti-immigration remarks in her tweets
By Bob Cronin,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 18, 2019 7:00 PM CDT
Georgia Clark.   (YouTube)

(Newser) – A Texas teacher has lost her appeal to be rehired after losing her job over anti-immigration comments in tweets to President Trump, CBS-DFW reports. Georgia Clark thought the tweets—one of which said the high school where she taught was "taken over" by "illegal students from Mexico"—were private. The Fort Worth district had already fired her, but Clark appealed, and Tuesday's 8-0 vote by school trustees confirmed the firing. Other complaints had arisen: Clark had once referred to a group of students as "Little Mexico," officials said, per the Dallas Morning News; Clark said the context was misrepresented. She can still appeal to the state's education commissioner.

An independent examiner told the district that Clark's tweets were protected as free speech and recommend reinstating her. But school officials told her she'd broken state ethical standards for teachers and the school district's policy on social media. The posts also disrupted school operations, they said. After families reported feeling threatened, the superintendent sent a recorded message assuring them that all students were welcome in the district's schools. (In related news, President Trump's new asylum ban has kicked in.)

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