Quick Takes: Glendale settles e-mail dispute

June 26, 2007

Glendale Community College, in Arizona, has agreed that Walter Kehowski can keep his job teaching mathematics. Kehowski was placed on leave and was threatened with dismissal because of a Thanksgiving e-mail message he sent, linking to George Washington’s Thanksgiving Proclamation of 1789, which Kehowski found on Pat Buchanan’s Web site. Those links prompted complaints from some professors and disciplinary action against Kehowski. The Foundation for Individual Rights in Education, which backed Kehowski, issued a statement calling his right to return to teaching a victory for free speech. The Maricopa Community College District, of which Glendale is part, issued its own statement, confirming the Kehowski will return to teaching, but also noting that his use of the district’s e-mail system will be restricted.
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