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October 20, 2014, 7:32 pm
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Hill Defends Handling Of Controversial Workbook

Springfield interim school superintendent Bob Hill is defending his handling of a controversial and inaccurate workbook on the Constitution, saying he was standing up for academic freedom and would do it again.


The workbook incorrectly stated that the 2nd Amendment provides for gun ownership, provided the weapons are registered.  Hill initially refused to yank the workbook, which had been created by a Grant Middle School teacher, saying it was board policy not to intervene in teacher-generated content unless it was intended to "proselytize."  Hill says he received death threats and had his "character assassinated," but still contends he made the proper initial decision.

Grant Middle School staff ultimately decided to keep the workbook but to edit and change the section in question, which Hill says is appropriate.  He says it would be "dangerous" to have a policy that removes teacher materials for "inaccuracy," because he says that can be a subjective standard (although he acknowledges that was not the case in this instance).

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