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No decision on suspended teacher with blog

Wednesday, February 23, 2011
Natalie Munroe appeared on ABCs Good Morning America on Feberuary 16, 2011 and spoke with Robin Roberts about her controversial blog entries.

Natalie Munroe appeared on ABC's "Good Morning America" on Feberuary 16, 2011 and spoke with Robin Roberts about her controversial blog entries.

It will be "impossible" for a suburban Philadelphia teacher suspended for blogging derogatory comments about her students to return to the district after her maternity leave, the district superintendent said.

About 150 people packed a Central Bucks school board meeting on Tuesday, where officials publicly responded to the blog in which high school English teacher Natalie Munroe described her students as "disengaged, lazy whiners" - and worse.

"Ms. Munroe, by her own actions, has made it impossible for her to teach in this district," Superintendent Robert Laws said. "No student should be subjected to such a hostile educational environment."

Munroe, currently suspended with pay, had been scheduled for maternity leave at the end of February and due to return to the district in the fall. The board will make a final decision on her employment during her leave, Laws said.

Munroe did not use her full name or identify her students or school in the blog, which she started in August 2009 for friends and family. Students at Central Bucks East High School found out it about it recently and told administrators.

The blog has been taken down, but Munroe has said she stands by her comments. Supporters say she is voicing common classroom frustrations, and her lawyer believes Munroe has a free-speech defense.

School board member Stephen Corr said Tuesday that the media should pay more attention to the accomplishments of the high-achieving district and "less attention to the immature Internet rants of an inexperienced young woman who has spent less than eight semesters in a classroom."

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Information from: Bucks County Courier Times

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