A California teacher who criticized the “Woke Kindergarten” program has been placed on leave

a California teacher A teacher who publicly criticized his school district’s investment in the Woke Kindergarten program was placed on administrative leave Thursday, the teacher said.

Hayward Unified School District teacher Tiger Craven Neely told the San Francisco Chronicle that he was asked to turn in his keys and laptop and not return to his classroom at Glassbrook Elementary School until further notice.

Craven-Neely told the newspaper that school officials told the teacher that he had been placed on paid leave due to “alleged unprofessional conduct,” but did not provide any other reason.

“We do not comment on private personnel matters,” district spokesman Michael Bazzelli wrote in an email response to questions from Fox News Digital. He denied that Craven-Neely had been placed on leave for “retaliatory purposes” or that he had been punished for speaking to the press.

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Tiger Craven Neely smiles as he wears a yellow jacket and black glasses in a photo shared on social mediaTiger Craven Neely smiles as he wears a yellow jacket and black glasses in a photo shared on social media

Glassbrook Elementary School teacher Tiger Craven Neely says he has been placed on administrative leave after he publicly criticized his school’s “Woke Kindergarten” training program.

Craven-Neely was placed on leave days after concerns were raised about Woke Kindergarten, a for-profit company Glassbrook Elementary They are appointed to train teachers.

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The school spent $250,000 in federal money provided by a program meant to help boost test scores for some of the nation’s lowest-performing schools, according to the Chronicle, but after two years… With Rawda and Youk, Students’ grades are said to be worse.

In a 4% decline in both areas in the past two years, less than 12% of students at Glassbrook Elementary School in Hayward, Calif., can read at their grade level, and less than 4% are proficient in math, according to the Chronicle. .

Woke Kindergarten describes itself on its website as “supporting children, families, educators, and organizations in their commitment to pro-abolitionist early education and pro-Black, pro-LGBTQ+ liberation.”

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The front entrance of Glassbrook Elementary School can be seen from the sidewalkThe front entrance of Glassbrook Elementary School can be seen from the sidewalk

A general view of Glassbrook Elementary School in Hayward, California.

The organization also has “woke” words such as today cease-fire “Abolition” and “Wonders Awaken” are about challenging the “legitimacy of the Supreme Court” and abolishing the police, money, and military.

Glassbrook is majority Latino/Hispanic, and more than 80% of the students are English language learners, the Chronicle reported. Some teachers have complained anonymously about money being spent on teaching kids to be “abolitionists” while reading scores are low, but Craven-Neely has spoken out.

He was quoted as saying that Kindergarten wow Instructors told him he should try to “disrupt whiteness” in the classroom.

“What does it mean?” Craven Neely told the Chronicle. “I just want to know, what does this mean for a third grade class?”

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Other teachers have defended the program, saying a new approach was needed because a strict focus on academics did not improve learning.

“We need to try something else,” kindergarten teacher Christina Aguilera told the Chronicle. “If we just focus on academics, it won’t work. There’s no one magic pill that can raise test scores.”

Since the Chronicle report and subsequent national media coverage, Glassbrook has received dozens of threatening and racist messages, district spokesman Michael Bazley confirmed to Fox News Digital.

Craven-Neely, who said he supports discussing racism in the classroom, told the Chronicle he tried to voice his concerns at a staff meeting on Wednesday before going to press.

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He described the meeting as tense and recounted a moment when another teacher allegedly stood up, pointed a finger at him, said, “You’re a danger to the school or the community,” and then left the room.

last Glass book teacherThe Chronicle reported that one of the teachers, who preferred to remain anonymous for fear of repercussions at the school, confirmed that one of the teachers put his hand on Craven-Neely’s face and called him a disgrace and a threat to the school. The teacher also said that Kraven Neely did not raise his voice even when others were arguing and talking loudly.

“There was a lot of anger toward me,” Craven-Neely said. “I was explaining my point of view. They were talking to me.”

He said the district official eventually asked him to leave the meeting.

“I was shocked. This is my school. I didn’t do anything inappropriate,” he told the Chronicle. “I left. I was so shaken.”

“We do not comment on what happened during the faculty meeting,” Baziley told Fox News Digital when asked if the district disputes Craven-Neely’s account of what happened.

After the meeting, Craven-Neely said he received an email telling him not to come to school the next day and to attend a video conference with district officials. In the video meeting, he was informed that he had been placed on leave pending an investigation into allegations of unprofessional conduct against him.

He expressed concerns to the Chronicle that officials “will twist things to try to justify retaliation or try to appease employees or they’re tired of me being a whistleblower or all of the above.”

“I can say unequivocally that we do not furlough employees for retaliatory purposes, and we have never attempted to restrict the free speech rights of any employee,” Bazelli told Fox News Digital. He added, “The leave was not in response to any of his contacts with the media.”

Fox News Digital’s Bree Stimson contributed to this report.

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