What Standard of Conduct?

RECEIVED Tue., June 27, 2006

Dear Editor,
    So let me get this straight. Tamara Hoover, AHS's art teacher, may be removed from her job because of the district's "standards of professional conduct" for pictures that were taken of her in the privacy of her own home and placed on her partner's Web site [“Hoover: Caught in the Flash,” News, June 23]? What about the "standards of professional conduct" of Gayle Andrews? She was in a snit, enlisted the help of a student in order to "... get Hoover in trouble.” Andrews actions could ruin Hoover's chance to work in the public school system again, basically keeping her from making a living. So let's see, Hoover gets canned for being an artist and doing artsy things, and Andrews teaches her students that if you have a disagreement with another person, you don't talk it out with that person, you just underhandedly try to ruin them. A wonderful standard of conduct. I'm curious if Andrews was really pissed about the kiln or if there was a larger issue – perhaps Hoover's open sexual orientation? Just a thought.
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