Arizona Teacher Retaliated Against For Opposition To Strike

The hyper-partisan #redfored strike by Arizona’s educators swept across the state leaving parents, apolitical teachers, and students wondering just what hit them. Substitute teacher, Jennifer Hill, is just one example of the victims of the political campaign that shut schools down for a week.

The strike was called by teachers unions to force Governor Doug Ducey to support a teacher pay increase.

Before teachers walked out of their classrooms, Ducey had already announced plans for a 20 percent pay increase by 2020. His announcement was expected to avert a walkout. However, because the walkout was part of a national political stunt organized by progressives, as opposed to a legitimate campaign to raise the dismal salaries of Arizona’s teachers, activists successfully called for a work stoppage.

While teachers were absent from their classrooms, they joined progressive activists on social media to attack critics. At the same time, parents affected by the walkout took to the internet and began sharing information. Within hours of the school closures, an article penned in the Arizona Daily Independent by Hill in September 2017, about an overly partisan classroom environment, went viral.

Related article: Substitute Teacher Observes Blatant Indoctrination In A Public School Classroom

For her exposure of partisan politics in the classroom and support of the #purpleforparents group, Hill came under attack on social media.

On Friday, Hill, a 20 year veteran teacher, who has been a certified substitute teacher for the Chandler Unified School District since 2012, was notified that she had been fired.

“I have been speaking out against the #redfored “movement, have been posting my opposition in a respectful manner and have been on the radio speaking about the facts on the progress and budget. In the week before the teacher walk-out/strike, the district began canceling substitute jobs I had accepted and planned to work,” said Hill. “During the strike of course, there was no work. I had substitute jobs scheduled for after the strike and next week. The District cancelled all of them. On Friday morning I began to get harassing messages from teachers in the District saying they got me fired. They said they hoped that I would never sub anywhere else, ever again, and were laughing at me.”

According to Hill, at approximately 3:30 p.m., on Friday, she called the District’s substitute coordinator and explained who she was and her concerns about the threats and harassment. “She confirmed I had been fired and transferred me to the director of human resources,” said Hill. “The secretary said they have been, ‘waiting for my call’ and asked if I could come in. I asked why I had been fired and they said, “We heard about Facebook posts and we heard there was an incident at the junior high.”

Hill asked for more details since she had not worked at the junior high in months and was scheduled to substitute teach there on Friday. “The secretary immediately shut me down and said ‘the director will call later today.’ As of Friday afternoon at 5:00 p.m., I have not gotten a call.”

Hill and those who know her believe that she was slandered and fired for no other reason than her opposition to the strike and exposure of questionable, and possibly illegal teaching practices.

Hill intends to consult with an attorney as to what recourse she might have on the state and federal level.

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28 Comments

  1. When you post pictures of confidential work emails that includes peoples names, I believe that is also grounds to be fired…

  2. I saw Ms. Hill veey publicly say that she planned to question students about #redfored when she reported for her sub duty. That is NOT what subs are hired to do. As a classroom teacher, I leave detailed lesson plans with standards-based learning and expect my sub to follow through on the lesson. No teacher, permanent or sub, is permitted to use the school day to talk about personal politics. I would not be okay with this substitute being in my classroom or one of my children’s classrooms.

  3. unheardof: It’s not a union to start off with, simply an association of employees which really have no power to negotiate anything. I say these teachers should have their credentials Revoked for life in the state of AZ.

  4. I think it is time to remove the unions from the education sector of publicly paid employees.

  5. I am currently a substitute teacher (5 years) for Mesa Public Schools, having taught previously in MPS for 31 years, earning a Master’s Degree early in my career. Even though I would probably be considered “out of the game” by some, I continue to desire to be a part of the education of Arizona’s kids by subbing as many days as I can, Grades 1-6. I truly hope that the disparaging remarks directed toward Ms Hill on Facebook were those of a few who let their emotions get the best of them. In my opinion, those kinds of verbal assaults do nothing to further the cause of those involved in Redfored. The movement would not support the actions of a few hotheads who failed to engage in civil discourse. It is not what it is all about. To the point, referencing the article written by Ms Hill in 2017, “Substitute Teacher Observes Blatant Indoctrination in a Public School Classroom…although I, too, agree that teachers’ political opinions need to be kept to themselves when in the classroom, the minute you chose to go so public with the aforementioned article, did you not think it would make you appear to be a classroom spy? If I still had a classroom roster, I wouldn’t want you to sub. in my room either, and I was always very careful with what I said to kids. Is it possible your own actions set up a feeling of mistrust? No excuses for the poor way the district handled the communications, but while you’re looking for an attorney, continue to sub in the numerous other Chandler schools that have not suspended you.

  6. That is unbelievable. You can have free speech as long as you agree with them. Public education is failing our kids in AZ. Put mine in charter school and never looked back. Graduating this year and had some teachers that voted against the strike. The kids were not happy to miss some of their last days of high school. Don’t forget teachers, these kids are 18 and will be voting in every election! You sign a contract, you go to work.

  7. The AZ Legislature & GOP just got a real lesson in Demshevik “Power Politics”. The ONLY WAY TO RESPOND is to pass a voter-approved CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENT that permanently abolishes “At-Large” local voting schemes. Other states have done so. Otherwise they’ll use these newly discovered powers to mobilize more bloc-voting; it won’t be pretty.

  8. Thoughts & Prayers to this women! No one should be discriminated against based on their opposing views. I hope she finds suitable counsel who has experience in these types of cases and that the Purple or Parents will show their support as well.

    • Absolutely. This woman should have every right to show up to a public school, collect a government check, and pump the captive audience kids for dirt on their political leanings.

      Then, she should go back to her snowflake overlords who live in terror that children might have independent thoughts, and rat out the little lib weenies for daring to develop ideas more progressive than those of their hard-hearted hater parents.

      Then we could trust the schools. But only then.

      • Mr. Raine,

        The fact that TUSD allows you in a classroom with all of your apparent hate is deeply disturbing. Kids deserve better.

        Loretta Hunncutt

  9. Thank you for reporting this important information. Like many parents, I fear what the liberal Union will do to the schools in AZ. I pray it changes, and people wake up.

  10. FIRE THEM ALL!!! KEEP YOUR KIDS HOME – I’M SURE THE KIDS NOW HAVE PTSD FROM THE MANNER THE TEACHERS BROKE CONTRACT AS WELL INTIMIDATING THE CHILDREN

  11. In a democracy the issues are debated and then voted on, and majority rules. The walkout was a decision voted on by a majority of teachers. To ignore or oppose that majority decision is tantamount to strikebreaking. I didn’t vote for Trump, but he’s the only president we have. “Threats and harassment” are out of line, but hey, maybe those doing the threatening and harassing took their cues from the comments on ADI.

    • Mister Lannon; that does not give the majority a right to be tyrants. Indeed, it is opposition to the concept of the tyranny of the majority that the Constitution for the United States is founded on.

    • First of all, the union is not a democracy it is more inline with communism– good job, bad job or indifferent job, you all get the same pay. The school board is not a democracy; it more like a divine right doctrine– the Superintendent sets the policy, the Board adopts the policy and the admins implement the policy with regulations. These so called votes by the worker bees are sham ‘votes’ to make the little people feel that they have a say in a forgone conclusion. Where else can you get a 20% raise and say I’m gonna strike cause I have the benefit of using my taxpayer provided perks. If you break your contract you should not be entitled to the benefits of that contract. NO sick time, NO vacation. And disagreeing with an opposing view by causing harm verbally/physically or financially is an immature act of cowardice. To take great glee in someone else’s misfortune is reprehensible. Good teachers always pick the students brains to find out where they are at in their thinking process. How else does a teacher know what the students have going on in there and that you are hopefully doing the best job possible to get information through to a teen’s overloaded gray matter.

    • Al, your rationale does not apply here because the strike was illegal. At the time of the strike, the teachers wee under contract to teach at the negotiated salary. BTW, Al, what comments on ADI do you believe suggested threats and harassment were/are appropriate? Can you provide a single example of a comment on ADI recommending threats and harassment?

      • Fire them (multiple comments). Despicable. Communists. Reprehensible. Slime. Marxists. Conspiracy. Treason.
        Any of those epithets aimed at you or me would be considered harassment, would they not? And firing, the loss of employment, is that not a severe threat?

        And at one time any strike was illegal, workers were fired, beaten, and killed for walking out as the last resort to better their conditions.

        And gruundehn, I agree that the minority position should be respected, that the tyranny of the majority is still tyranny, but that does not give a person who has been outvoted the right to sabotage the majority position. If workers vote to strike, the person who disagrees and crosses a picket line is a scab. Look up Jack London’s definition if you don’t know the word.

        • Calling people with independent thinking a “scab”? Someone having a mind of their own, that won’t tow the party line disgusts you so much? Even those that aren’t a member of the commune, i.e. labor union?

          Bitter to the end. Despicable.

          John McCain – is that you?

        • Lannon – it’s a contract they made and voted to accept, then in mid term decided to demand more. Hmmmm if they did that with your car you bought is that ok, or the house you bought, just raise the price, oh the value went up so you are going to pay 20% more… sounds right huh?

    • Forget which country you live in? America is NOT a democracy. We have rule of law. These teachers violated their contract, should be fired. Educate yourself.

  12. I think it was probably her Facebook post that said she was going to pick the brains of the kids when she subbed that day to see if the teachers were mentioning the red 4 ed movement to the kids, that probably got her fired. Picking the kids brains really isn’t in the job description.

    • Unfortunately you have probably identified a sufficient reason for firing Ms Hill. Of course, the teachers who have tried to get support from students for this illegal strike will never be held to account for their improper actions because like TUSD, many districts also supported this illegal strike. Why is there no support for Ms Hill from any political leaders? Is it because they are all too weak kneed like Governor Ducey who shamefully caved to this illegal strike?

  13. And this kids is how the slime works. Behind your back. I questioned the “teachers” wearing red shirts on school property and in the classroom but I see that they did and that sent a very loud message to the kids didn’t it. They put the slogan redfored on the windows of their cars and drove them onto school property to campaign for their get out the vote drive to elect a democrat as the governor of the state. The administrators allowed them to do this on school property and because they knew if the teachers got raised then they would also. SSDD in the land of public education. No one wants to follow the law. An illegal strike/walkout and most got compensated for it by using sick leave and vacation time that I paid for. Must be nice to work for the public…..

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