Posted on August 31, 2005

Teacher Who Wrote Controversial Letter Resigns

Mary Shanklin, Orlando Sentinel, August 30, 2005

The Sadler Elementary teacher who wrote a letter blasting Puerto Ricans, Haitians, Mexicans and others resigned Tuesday morning, perhaps ending a controversy that has divided Central Floridians.

Jan P. Hall went from obscurity to notoriety in recent weeks when the comments she mailed to congressmen became public, sparking a public furor over her freedom-of-speech rights and her ability to continue teaching multicultural students.

Orange County school officials suspended her without pay last week pending an investigation into her letter and teachings abilities. Hall, 59, had gotten high marks from principals over the years. But some Hispanics in her classroom have complained about how they were treated.

The district had offered her several options, including teaching homebound students, if she apologized and met with a psychiatrist.

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