A Fairfax County high school teacher accused of racially insensitive behavior has been placed on paid administrative leave while the school system’s Office of Equity and Compliance investigates the case.
Marilyn Bart, a veteran English teacher at George C. Marshall High School, allegedly singled out African American student Jordan Shumate several times because of his race — including by telling him to read a Langston Hughes poem “blacker.”
School system spokesman John Torre said an equity-office inquiry is standard procedure in the case of such allegations.
Bill Reichhardt, a lawyer representing teacher Marilyn Bart, said she requested the scrutiny and intends to fully cooperate.
“We’re anxious to examine the facts in an orderly and thorough manner, as quickly as possible,” said Reichhardt.