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6th grade teacher in trouble for playing Beyonce song

Posted at 10:23 AM, Aug 23, 2014

The Atlanta school district is attempting to remove a teacher for a long list of alleged failings, including playing the Beyonce song "Drunk in Love."

"This song contained profanity, vulgarity, and sexually explicit lyrics," according to a district document outlining the charges against sixth-grade teacher Nikki Turner. "This song is not (in) alignment with Teacher Keys Standard 9, Professionalism."

But Beyonce might have been the least of Turner's problems. Atlanta Public Schools officials cited dozens of reasons they sought not to renew her contract. They include failing to present material clearly, demonstrate knowledge of the sixth-grade math concepts and student needs, provide feedback to students during class, and properly plan lessons.

Turner taught at Coan Middle School. Her lawyer, Ann Brumbaugh, declined to comment on the allegations but said Turner was "a dedicated, passionate teacher." Turner is not currently working for the Atlanta schools, Brumbaugh said.

The Atlanta school district has also recently sought to remove a teacher who the district said was late to school more than 124 times last year and a teacher who, among other allegations, was accused of telling students that magnets repel and attract because they have metal in them.

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