Arizona Instructor Crucial of Common Core Punished, Files Lawsuit

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A lawsuit has been filed towards Arizona Superintendent of Public Instruction John Huppenthal by the Goldwater Institute on behalf of Tucson, Arizona teacher Brad McQueen, who claims to have been punished by employees of the Arizona Division of Training for speaking out towards Common Core specifications.

McQueen had been paid to serve on a amount of committees of teachers who shared their opinions on standardized testing with the state department of education.  However, following speaking out against the Frequent Core specifications in a newspaper write-up earlier this 12 months, he was removed from all of the committees he had been a component of even if they had practically nothing to do with the standards.  In addition, notes were positioned in his permanent file which could impact his long term employment, and he was the victim of belittling in many official department emails.

“The First Amendment guarantees that all Americans have the appropriate to communicate out on critical issues of the day without fear of getting persecuted,” said Kurt Altman, a senior attorney at the Goldwater Institute. “When you exercise your rights and find your livelihood and reputation are threatened, specifically by the government, that sends a message to absolutely everyone around you to keep their mouths shut.”

The lawsuit argues that the retaliation was a violation of McQueen’s very first amendment rights.  It also asks to have McQueen place back on every single of the committees he was taken off of and to clear his record of any remarks regarding his views on the Common Core specifications.  He would also like a legal declaration manufactured by Huppenthal that states his rights to free of charge speech were violated.

The Arizona Department of Education has publicly responded to the lawsuit by saying, “The Department does not comment on lawsuits.”

McQueen is the author of the guide “The Cult of the Common Core.” He has previously spoken out towards the requirements in a February 26 podcast on a Tucson radio station as well as a February 27 article in the Arizona Capitol Occasions.

“The much more I learned about the Common Core, the a lot more concerned I became,” said Brad McQueen. “But I had no thought that voicing my viewpoint on my own time and as a private citizen would trigger me to be targeted by the Division. I was shocked.”

The standards are the basis of the Arizona College and Job Ready Requirements, which have been adopted by the State Board of Training in 2010.

McQueen has been a teacher for eleven years.  He presently teaches 5th grade in Tucson, Arizona.

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