Hidden surveillance camera sparks call for hearing

Teachers are furious over the secret taping by the Everett School District last year of a Cascade High School teacher and her classroom, the Daily Herald of Everett, Wash., reports. The Everett Education Association plans to file a claim that the district violated labor practices and employees’ rights when it used a surveillance camera to tape English and journalism teacher Kay Powers. District Superintendent Carol Whitehead revealed last week in a two-page letter to district employees that the district used a video camera to record Powers’ classroom between May 10 and June 11 last year. A district lawyer just last month denied a surveillance camera was used. Whitehead said the recording was done to determine who was entering and leaving the classroom on weekends, adding that it is the 18,500-student district’s "paramount duty to protect students." Powers was placed on leave in June and fired in November for helping students publish an underground newspaper, despite a warning not to do so…

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