Parents angry over popular teacher getting fired - Fox29 WFLX TV, West Palm Beach, FL-news & weather

Parents angry over popular teacher getting fired

  • Fox 29 Daily HeadlinesMore>>

  • Trump asserts Russia not targeting US, contradicting intel

    Trump asserts Russia not targeting US, contradicting intel

    Wednesday, July 18 2018 12:31 AM EDT2018-07-18 04:31:41 GMT
    Wednesday, July 18 2018 4:23 PM EDT2018-07-18 20:23:15 GMT
    (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik). President Donald Trump speaks to members of the media as he meets with members of Congress in the Cabinet Room of the White House, Tuesday, July 17, 2018, in Washington. Trump says he meant the opposite when he said in Helsink...(AP Photo/Andrew Harnik). President Donald Trump speaks to members of the media as he meets with members of Congress in the Cabinet Room of the White House, Tuesday, July 17, 2018, in Washington. Trump says he meant the opposite when he said in Helsink...

    Rebuked as never before by his own party, including a stern pushback from usually reserved Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, the U.S. president sought to end 27 hours of recrimination by delivering a rare admission of error.

    More >>

    Rebuked as never before by his own party, including a stern pushback from usually reserved Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, the U.S. president sought to end 27 hours of recrimination by delivering a rare admission of error.

    More >>
  • Marriott hotels eliminating plastic straws by 2019

    Marriott hotels eliminating plastic straws by 2019

    Wednesday, July 18 2018 12:25 AM EDT2018-07-18 04:25:22 GMT
    Wednesday, July 18 2018 10:47 AM EDT2018-07-18 14:47:09 GMT
    The world's largest hotel company said the move will eliminate approximately 1 billion straws and 250 million stirrers by July 2019. (Source: Pixabay, File)The world's largest hotel company said the move will eliminate approximately 1 billion straws and 250 million stirrers by July 2019. (Source: Pixabay, File)

    The world's largest hotel company said the move will eliminate approximately 1 billion straws and 250 million stirrers by July 2019.

    More >>

    The world's largest hotel company said the move will eliminate approximately 1 billion straws and 250 million stirrers by July 2019.

    More >>
  • Amazon's Prime Day runs into early snags

    Amazon's Prime Day runs into early snags

    Monday, July 16 2018 3:25 AM EDT2018-07-16 07:25:22 GMT
    Tuesday, July 17 2018 9:41 AM EDT2018-07-17 13:41:58 GMT
    (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky, File). FILE- In this Aug. 3, 2017, file photo, Myrtice Harris applies tape to a package before shipment at an Amazon fulfillment center in Baltimore. Amazon's Prime Day starts July 16, 2018, and will be six hours longer than...(AP Photo/Patrick Semansky, File). FILE- In this Aug. 3, 2017, file photo, Myrtice Harris applies tape to a package before shipment at an Amazon fulfillment center in Baltimore. Amazon's Prime Day starts July 16, 2018, and will be six hours longer than...

    This year's sales event, which starts Monday afternoon, will be six hours longer than last year's and will launch new products.

    More >>

    This year's sales event, which starts Monday afternoon, will be six hours longer than last year's and will launch new products.

    More >>

Story Video: Click here

In the last couple of days, angry parents have called and emailed our newsroom, asking us to investigate the firing of a popular teacher.
His crime they say? Asking his students to read.
 
That teacher told us he’s out because he was asking students to read novels, and not always teaching to prepare students for Florida’s standardized tests. 

7th grade English teacher Elliott Herman never got to say good bye to his students.

Herman claims he was forced out of his position at Franklin Academy, a charter school in Palm Beach Gardens.  
 
“Teachers want to teach more but we’re told not to,” said Herman.
 
He was teaching his English class “The Giver,” a book he taught the class last year, too. 

However, this year the school removed “The Giver” from the curriculum. 
 
“They said we don’t want you wasting time reading in the class,” said Herman.
 
So Herman had his students read the book at home and asked them to be ready to analyze the book in class.
But after his most recent in-class review, he learned the school didn’t want that either. 
 
“Why are we just teaching to a test,” said Herman. “It’s not teaching them to understand or think. It’s just teaching them to pass a test.”
 
Herman decided to explain the abrupt change to the parents in his weekly email. 
 
“I knew I was taking a risk by talking about it,” said Herman. “I was just trying to create a dialog and a conversation.”
 
It was a decision Herman believes led to his termination.  And while the school wouldn’t discuss the situation, the parents did, both online and to our cameras. 
 
“My son looked forward to language arts,” said Jennifer Burjan, who says her son was devastated about Mr. Herman. “We would read the book the giver together and discussing it.”
 
Burjan says she believe the novels should be part of the curriculum.
 
Franklin Academy Charter School told NewsChannel 5 it does not discuss employee personnel decisions.
However, the school did explain that Mr. Herman was an “at will” employee, and that novels are not against the curriculum as long is it helps students demonstrate skills related to writing listening and reading for information. 

Scripps Only Content 2016

Powered by Frankly

1100 Banyan Blvd.
West Palm Beach, FL 33401

FCC Public File
EEO Report
Closed Captioning

All content © Copyright 2000 - 2018 Raycom Media. All Rights Reserved.
For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy, and Terms of Service, and Ad Choices.