Reader Lynn sent me the link from the Times with this announcement.
The teacher, Carol Burton, said:
"I had two and half drinks in five days and those drinks were the most expensive drinks in my life - they've cost my career, apparently."The Times reports that Ms. Burton says she plans to appeal the decision.
"Those drinks seem to be worth more than all of the students who want me back, all of the parents who me back, all of my staff who want me back, my principal who wants me back."
I have no idea what the case was that SPS Legal presented to the Superintendent for this decision but I find it hard to believe - based on the district's own investigation - that it was solely based on drinks. There was a lot more to it.
Ms. Burton had offered to take a 10-day suspension without pay and not attend field trips for three years. (It's not clear how she arrived at those numbers.) Personally, I don't know if this rises to the level of firing a teacher but the investigation indicated that she showed very bad judgment in what she did and what she allowed during the trip as the teacher of record and leader of the choir.
This decision may add interest to the next School Board meeting on August 19th.