As many of you know, Murray's 5th-6th grade writing and social studies teacher, Lincoln Brown, has been suspended by CPS for allegedly using the 'N-word' inappropriately in class (see Feb 17, 2012 Chicago Sun Times article and other local and national news coverage). Out of concern that the punishment is unjust and concern for the impact this is having on our children, a group of Murray parents has composed the attached petition/editorial. We invite you to join us in signing it no later than Tuesday, February 27th.
Timing is essential in this case because, although the suspension is for five days, the days are spread out over a two month period (2 days in February, 3 in March).
It is our hope that we can get the decision reversed before Mr. Brown's next scheduled suspension days (March 15th and 16th) . This will avoid further disruption to our children's daily learning.
Our letter is purposefully general. If you would like to submit a more detailed written response in addition to signing the petition, we encourage you to do so.