The prostitute teacher? Should she lose her job? | Arkansas Blog

Friday, February 18, 2011

The prostitute teacher? Should she lose her job?

Posted By on Fri, Feb 18, 2011 at 5:01 PM

Is that the factory whistle?

It tolls for me.

The line is open.

UPDATE: Thoughts invited. I just heard the report on KATV about the resignation of Solana Islam, the McClellan High teacher (and former McClellan valedictorian) busted on a misdemeanor prostitution charge by an undercover cop while working for an escort service. 1) It had to end this way. No way the district could continue someone convicted on a morals crime amidst this publicity. 2) Sad case. She has a child. She has money troubles. She's almost certainly correct that however bad her judgment was, it doesn't have an impact on her teaching of math.

So what now for Solana? Should she barred from teaching for life on account of a misdemeanor? Is that fair? Does casual sex with people who are not your spouse make you ineligible to teach? Or only if you receive money for it? Or only if you receive money under a specific contractual deal for a specific act, as opposed to receiving tangible benefits for putting out (as I understand has been known to happen)?

I don't think the young woman helped herself by talking so freely with so many reporters, though I guess it did leave me somewhat sympathetic to her plight. You?


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