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Give LAUSD teacher Rafe Esquith a break

Give LAUSD teacher Rafe Esquith a break

The Los Angeles Unified School District decided to come down hard on the wrong teacher. That’s the sense reading the few dozen letters written in support of nationally acclaimed teacher Rafe Esquith since The Times first reported last week on his suspension from the classroom. The letters, mostly from teachers and students, express anger that such an effective, indefatigable presence in the LAUSD would be put through the district’s lengthy disciplinary process for (according to Esquith’s lawyer) reading a passage by Mark Twain that might make someone blush. To Esquith’s supporters, the LAUSD’s actions are emblematic of a district that lurches between...

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