- The Washington Times - Friday, September 22, 2017

An Arizona public school district says one of its teachers broke school policy when she reportedly had her class recite an altered version of the Declaration of Independence.

A 4th-grade teacher at Salk Elementary School in Mesa altered a poster of the historical document by crossing out two instances of the word “men” in the second and third sentences and substituting it with “humans,” a local ABC affiliate reported. She then had students recite the altered version in class, the station said.

Parent Elizabeth Vaillencourt said she complained about the teacher’s actions to school officials, and that the school reacted by putting her child in a different class.

Mesa Public Schools later acknowledged that the teacher broke district policy by injecting her personal politics into the classroom.

“It should be recited as written, and not modified in any way,” the district said in a statement Wednesday. “School administration, when learning of the alteration to the text, provided feedback and guidance to the teacher to restore the document to its original format.

“There is not a specific reference in policy to the discussion of political beliefs by a teacher in a classroom, however in practice the district does not allow teachers to share their political views with students,” it continued. “When the teacher used a personal example of how individuals can have differing political views but still be friends, the principal reminded the teacher that personal examples are not appropriate in a classroom setting.”

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