California teacher who criticized 'Woke Kindergarten' program put on leave

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A California teacher who publically criticized his schoolhouse district's finance successful a "Woke Kindergarten" programme was placed connected administrative time off Thursday, nan coach said.

Hayward Unified School District coach Tiger Craven-Neeley told nan San Francisco Chronicle he was asked to manus complete his keys and laptop and not return to his schoolroom astatine Glassbrook Elementary until further notice. 

School officials told nan coach he was being placed connected paid time off complete "allegations of unprofessional conduct," but gave nary different reason, Craven-Neeley told nan paper. 

"We don't remark connected backstage unit matters," territory spokesperson Michael Bazeley wrote successful an email consequence to Fox News Digital's questions. He denied that Craven-Neeley was put connected time off for "retaliatory purposes" aliases that he was being punished for speaking to nan press. 

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Craven-Neeley was placed connected time off days aft he raised concerns astir Woke Kindergarten, a for-profit institution Glassbrook Elementary hired to train teachers. 

The schoolhouse spent $250,000 successful national costs provided by a programme meant to thief boost trial scores for immoderate of nan country’s lowest-performing schools, according to nan Chronicle, but aft 2 years with Woke Kindergarten, students’ scores are reportedly worse. 

In a 4% driblet successful some areas successful nan past 2 years, little than 12% of nan students astatine Glassbrook Elementary successful Hayward, Calif., tin publication astatine their people level, and nether 4% are proficient successful math, according to nan Chronicle. 

Woke Kindergarten describes itself connected its website arsenic "supporting children, families, educators and organizations successful their committedness to abolitionist early acquisition and pro-black and queer and trans liberation."

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The statement besides has "Woke" words of nan time for illustration "ceasefire" "abolish" and "Woke Wonderings" astir challenging nan "legitimacy of nan Supreme Court" and abolishing nan police, money and nan military. 

Glassbrook is predominantly Latino/ Hispanic and much than 80% of students are English learners, nan Chronicle reported. Some teachers complained anonymously astir nan costs spent connected school children to beryllium "abolitionists" while reference scores are low, but Craven-Neeley said retired connected nan record. 

He was quoted saying that Woke Kindergarten trainers told him he should effort to "disrupt Whiteness" successful nan classroom. 

"What does that mean?" Craven-Neeley said to nan Chronicle. "I conscionable want to know, what does that mean for a third-grade classroom?"

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Other teachers person defended nan program, arguing that a caller attack is needed since a strict attraction connected academics has not improved learning. 

"We request to effort thing else," kindergarten coach Christina Aguilera told nan Chronicle. "If we conscionable attraction connected academics, it’s not working. There is nary 1 magic pill that will raise trial scores." 

Since nan Chronicle study and consequent nationalist media coverage, Glassbrook has received dozens of "threatening and racist" messages, territory spokesperson Michael Bazely confirmed to Fox News Digital.

Craven-Neeley, who said he supports discussing racism successful nan classroom, told nan Chronicle he attempted to sound his concerns astatine a unit gathering connected Wednesday earlier going to nan press.

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He described nan gathering arsenic tense and recounted 1 infinitesimal erstwhile different coach allegedly stood up, pointed a digit successful his look and said, "You are a threat to nan schoolhouse aliases nan community," and past near nan room. 

Another Glassbook teacher, who wished to stay anonymous for fearfulness of repercussions from nan school, confirmed that a coach put a manus successful Craven-Neeley's look and called him a ugliness and threat to nan school, nan Chronicle reported. The coach besides said Craven-Neeley did not raise his sound moreover arsenic others were arguing and talking loudly. 

"There was truthful overmuch anger toward me," Craven-Neeley said. "I was explaining my constituent of view. They were talking complete me."

He said a territory administrator yet asked him to time off nan meeting. 

"I was shocked. This is my school. I didn’t do thing inappropriate," he told nan Chronicle. "I left. I was very shaky."

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"We are not commenting connected what happened during nan module meeting," Bazeley told Fox News Digital erstwhile asked if nan territory disputed Craven-Neeley's relationship of what happened. 

After nan meeting, Craven-Neeley said he received an email telling him not to study to schoolhouse nan adjacent time and to be a video convention pinch territory officials. At nan video meeting, he was informed he had been put connected time off pending an investigation into nan allegations of unprofessional behaviour levied against him. 

He expressed concerns to nan Chronicle that officials were "going to twist things to effort to warrant retaliation aliases trying to appease nan unit aliases they’re tired of maine being a whistleblower aliases each nan above."  

"I tin opportunity unequivocally that we do not spot labor connected time off for retaliatory purposes, nor person we ever attempted to limit immoderate employee's free reside rights," Bazeley told Fox News Digital. "The time off was not successful consequence to immoderate of his contacts pinch news media."

Fox News Digital's Brie Stimson contributed to this report.