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Teacher on leave for ‘pretend you are a slave’ assignment

IOWA CITY, Iowa (KWWL) - The Iowa City Community School District has placed a high school teacher on administrative leave after asking students to pretend they were a Black slave for an assignment.

Administrators say the assignment was given to students in the ICCSD PK-12 Online Learning Program; an online-only option for students during the pandemic. The district called the assignment "inappropriate" in a statement to KWWL.

"The District does not support and will not tolerate this type of instruction. The assignment has been removed and the teacher has been placed on administrative leave. The situation is being reviewed using the District's internal HR processes," the statement continued.

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