Arundel teacher is moved after parents dispute sex-ed questions

Reports are investigated at Arnold middle school

February 09, 2005|BY A SUN STAFF WRITER

A teacher at an Arnold middle school has been reassigned while school officials investigate reported complaints about a quiz that contained some frivolous sex-education questions.

Physical education teacher Jason Madey of Magothy River Middle School has been moved to a "nonschool-based" job, said school system spokesman Tony Ruffin, though he declined to discuss details of the case because it is a personnel matter.

The Capital newspaper in Annapolis reported that parents had complained about some questions on a quiz the teacher had given to eighth-graders. The newspaper said some apparently came from the Web site of a British HIV/AIDS prevention group and included:

"In Detroit, it is only legal to have sex in a car if: a.) The car is moving, b.) The car is parked on your own property, or c.) The car is broken."

The Web site lists the answer as "b."

Madey could not be reached for comment yesterday afternoon.

Principal Charles Dunlap declined comment yesterday, referring calls to the school system spokesman.

Sheila M. Finlayson, president of the Teachers Association of Anne Arundel County, would not comment on specifics but said the union would represent Madey as it does all employees in its bargaining unit.

"We are making sure that his rights are upheld," she said.

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