The Obama administration’s Education Department announced on Tuesday that it is suspending the employment of six teachers in Texas after they were fired for reporting that the state’s high school students were being taught to kill teachers, among other things.
According to the Department of Education, the six teachers had received training and education from a nonprofit group called Educated Teachers Action Fund, which was founded by the president of the United States and the son of former President George W. Bush.
In an interview with The Washington Post, Education Secretary Arne Duncan defended the actions of the six Texas educators.
The decision by the Education Department to suspend the employment and training of six Texas teachers who reported the use of student-on-student violence in Texas was based on concerns about the training of the teachers and the use by the educators of the Department’s resources, Duncan said in a statement.
It is important to note that the Department has not identified specific educators who have been suspended for reporting such crimes, he added.
“The Department is committed to ensuring that all its resources are utilized to protect the rights of students and teachers, and we have zero tolerance for violence in our schools.”