Missouri School Board Discriminates Against Republican Teacher

In 1765, a French Canadian fur trader stopped in a hilly area between what we know as Mississippi and Missouri Rivers.  He helped establish a little trading post, making the tiny community the last stop before traveling into the western wilds of colonial America.  In 1804, the Lewis and Clark Expedition stopped there to pick up the last of their supplies before heading west to the Oregon shores of the Pacific Ocean.

In time, the village became known as St. Charles and is considered by many to be the oldest city west of the Mississippi.  In 1821, St. Charles was named as the first capital of the brand new state of Missouri and remained so until 1826.

Around the same time as St. Charles was founded, another small town sprung up just south of it on the other side of the Missouri River.  That town eventually became known as St. Louis.

Today, St. Charles has a population of around 65,000 and home to the Francis Howell School District and a growing controversy over political discrimination charges.  Bryan Spencer has been an elementary school teacher in the district for the past 22 years.  In November, he was elected to the Missouri State House of Representatives.  Upon his election, Spencer applied for an unpaid leave of absence from his teaching job for the time that he will spend at the state capital in Jefferson City.

However, the school board denied his request, basically forcing Spencer to have to resign from his teaching position in order to serve his district in the state legislature.  Herein lies the issue.  The same school board has approved other requests for unpaid leaves of absence from other teachers.  Spencer pointed out that two other teachers in the district were granted their leaves in order that they could serve as leaders with the Missouri National Education Association, which is a politically driven union.

Spencer claims the difference is that the teachers union is Democratic controlled and that those involved with the union, including the two teachers from the same district actively campaigned for Democrats.  Spencer is a Republican, and as such does not hold with some of the union practices.  He believes that the school board denied his request for an unpaid leave because of his political party, so he sent in a second request for an unpaid leave, but the board voted 5-2 to deny him a second time.

When asked why they denied him his request, Marty Hodits, President of the School Board, said the two teachers were still in educational roles during their leaves and that serving in the state legislature is not considered an educational role.  Hodits then said:

“The decision was do you let somebody test-drive a new job as long as they want and disrupt the education of students and then allow them back into the classroom.”

Using Hodits’s own logic, is not the absence from the classroom of the other two teachers and then their eventual return just as disruptive as it would be for Spencer?  In all cases there would be the same amount of disruption or lack thereof.

Secondly, what educational experience would any of the teachers bring back to the classroom?  In Spencer’s case, he would have a wealth of information to teach his students about how government works and how laws are made.  The other two teachers would only bring back their experience on how to campaign for liberal policies and politicians.  I’d much rather have my children in Spencer’s classroom than in the classrooms of the other two teachers.

Thirdly, is the fact that having Spencer in the state legislature would be good for the school district since he would be looking out for their benefit.  Jon Bennett, Chairman of the Missouri GOP expressed that concept when he said it would be a mistake for the school board not to grant him the leave and possibly lose his support in the state House.  In fact, Spencer has already been appointed to a committee on educational spending and plans to take up a number of educational issues while in Jefferson City.

When one looks at all of the evidence and precedence that has been set by the school board, it seems obvious that Spencer is being discriminated against because he is a Republican and not a liberal Democrat like the education union.  I don’t know what his plans are, but I would hope that when he is not serving in Jefferson City that he will be able to find a teaching position with a school district who would see the value of having him as part of their staff.   I wish him well as seeks to represent his district, even if some of them are against it.








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  • Marlin208

    I would make sure that school district didn’t get a dime while I was in a position of power. Fight fire with fire and stick it some of these lousy pishers.

  • Tom

    Jefferson City is the state capital of Missouri – Springfield, Illinois is the state capital of Illinois.

  • S Rubicon

    Only legal action will stop what the board did. Even that will only solve this problem. The fact is, such nefarious acts take place all across America, all the time. Actions like this have been happening & will continue to happen so long as the people allow it, and there is no legislation passed to stop it. Liberals really fear conservative teachers. They will do almost anything to shove them out of the educational process. Nowdays we even have constitutional law college professors who openly advocate we trash the constitution. The replacement they support looks suspiciously like the old Soviet constitution. Ironic, isn’ it? Look what good that did for the Russian people! Failed like a rock, but only after a few decades or pain & suffering by the people. Perhaps we are headed there? Then again, if we go there, we may find many very anxious to get back to what we had (currently have even though there are great efforts to bypass & undermine it!).
    The media & our educators have sold the people a load of crap. Looks like only pain will fix this in the long run. Boy are we in trouble!

  • LeSellers

    A far better option, and more lucrative, would be to open a private school or operate a tutoring service.

    Government-run, tax-funded welfare schools are indoctrination centers, places devoted to divorcing children from their parents’ values, religious and moral. It’s why Horace Mann imported them from Prussia in 1852, a fact he bragged about. John Dewey was also ecstatic about their having children six hours a day while the Sunday School only operated one hour once a week.

    No one should send his child to a grtf-welfare school. The price of that “free” education is far too high.

    Mr. O’bama, will there ever be any Jobs?

  • jvb1980808

    Liberals lie so purty you sometimes almost forget they are lieing. But you only let that happen one time.

  • Walt

    I hope he remembers that he should not support schools that discriminate illegally.

  • fliteking

    Meanwhile the lesbo gym teacher is hitting on the 9th graders and the teachers / union / admin are looking the other way.

  • Doris

    Someone needs to sue! Where is the ACLU or all the many other organizations supposedly protecting worker’s rights, freedom of speech, freedom from discrimination, social justice? Do only leftists get to make big money from these situations?

  • aurora9

    There is nothing democratic about the democrat party. It’s their way or the highway!

    • Mudpuppy

      Yeah, that’s why we need to keep calling them the Democrat Party, not the Democratic Party. That infuriates them. I heard a caller to a local talk show the other day get all bent out of shape over just that. Of course, he was a Democrat liberal moron (redundant).

  • Jack Parker

    Where the he!! is the ACLU?

  • Gary Moore

    he needs to get hold ofmthe ACLJ and sue the pants off of them and will not cost him a dime.