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Fairfax teacher placed on leave for alleged racial comment

Wednesday - 3/21/2012, 6:35am  ET

FALLS CHURCH, Va. - The attorney for a Fairfax County teacher accused of racially insensitive behavior says his client has been placed on paid administrative leave.

Marilyn Bart, an English teacher at George C. Marshall High School, allegedly asked an African-American student to read a poem by Langston Hughes in a "blacker" style. Bart had allegedly singled out the 14-year-old student in the past because of his race.

The school system's Office of Equity and Compliance is investigating. A schools spokeswoman says an inquiry in standard in such cases.

Bill Reichhardt, Bart's attorney, tells The Washington Post that Bart intends to fully cooperate with the investigation.

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Information from: The Washington Post, http://www.washingtonpost.com


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