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Teacher in upstate NY resigns over syllabus controversy

September 18, 2018

POUGHKEEPSIE, N.Y. (AP) — A teacher in upstate New York has resigned after he handed out a syllabus that contained profanity and language some considered offensive.

Cesar Olivares faced backlash at Poughkeepsie High School for including “if you can afford your phone bill/expensive sneakers then you or parents can afford to buy a notebook.” The Poughkeepsie Journal reports he also used profanity when describing grades for poor work.

Olivares was hired as a social studies teacher in January 2017. He still had probationary status when he resigned on Sept. 7. He could not be reached for comment.

Interim Superintendent Kathleen Farrell says she will not comment on personnel matters.

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