Hudson Valley Teacher Resigns After Parent Outrage Over Syllabus
A teacher in the Hudson Valley has resigned after receiving backlash from parents over their class syllabus.
The Poughkeepsie Journal reports that a Poughkeepsie School District teacher has resigned after parent outrage over his syllabus. Cesar Olivares, a psychology teacher at Poughkeepsie High School, faced intense scrutiny for sentences in the required materials and grading policy portion of his syllabus.
Portions of the syllabus said things like "If you can afford your phone bill/expensive sneakers then you or parents can afford to buy a notebook." and "You have to have a notebook for this class!!!" The Poughkeepsie Journal also reports that profanity was used in the grading policy section.
Olivares was hired in January of 2017 as a social studies teacher. When he resigned, on Friday, September 7, he was still on a probationary period, according to the Poughkeepsie Journal. The school district administration did not comment on the scenario.
The Poughkeepsie Board of Education is set to accept the resignation on Monday, September 17.