Teacher Settles Suit Against NYC

NEW YORK (AP) — A New York City teacher who was suspended for allowing students to use sexually explicit language in a class on HIV/AIDS has settled her claim against the city for $45,000.

In May, a federal judge had ruled that Faith Kramer was wrongfully suspended and said her lawsuit against the Department of Education could proceed.

The city said Monday that it settled the case to avoid costly litigation.

Neither Kramer nor her lawyer could be reached for comment.

Kramer was suspended for eight months in 2008. She was a tenured teacher at I.S. 72 in Staten Island.

The city had argued that the slang terms Kramer allowed in her HIV/AIDS class were inappropriate for the classroom.

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  • William K

    Standards? Morals? Class? Modeling proper behavior? Nonsense, moral relativism is the law of the land. Washington warned the danger of licentiousness, and it is here. Trashy teacher, trashy kids, trashy public schools. Disgusting is the rapid and continuing decay of America.

  • Pyrrhus

    It’s important to note that the teacher wasn’t using explicit language herself; she was merely allowing her students to speak using the terms they were familiar with. I don’t believe the suspension was warranted and I’d like to know who the prude was that complained!

  • jtorres

    As adults we learn what the “proper” terms are for anatomy and sex. Kids do not usually know or use these terms. Teaching them using terms they are familiar with and teaching them the proper terms is perhaps the best way to help them learn and understand. At least they’ll learn how to keep themselves safe and even alive when it comes to HIV and AIDS.

  • charko

    Why? She was doing her job teaching them in a language they could relate to.

  • John

    What did she actually say? How old were the students? What is deemed inappropriate? I have feeling this was a tempest in a teapot. Kids hear the most offensive language all the time in movies, television and on the internet, at least this teacher was giving valuable information to kids who will have sex and perhaps save their lives.

  • Roy

    She deserved nothing,but the city has deep pockets,so what if it’s taxpayers dollars….

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