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Ohio principal loses pay over political field trip

By admin Published: November 4, 2010

Associated Press

Updated at 3:57 p.m.

CINCINNATI: A school district has suspended an Ohio principal and teacher without pay after they were accused of violating district policies during a field trip to an elections office.

Cincinnati Public Schools said Thursday that Hughes High School principal Virginia Rhodes will be suspended for five days and teacher Dennis McFadden, who took the students on the trip, has been suspended for one day.

Rhodes was suspended Oct. 29 with pay after claims that students were given Democratic sample ballots at the Hamilton County Board of Elections on Oct. 13, where they also were shown how to vote. An anti-tax group sued the district, calling the trip "one-sided political activity."

Messages were left Thursday at Rhodes' home and for McFadden at the school. His home telephone number was not immediately available.



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