(Edited later to add: Heh. One of my fave web comics, PvP, summarized this ridiculousness in today's comic. Warning, depicts art penis!)
I try to avoid ranting in this journal, but this is important. Thanks to tangsm for the heads up. She linked to a short article, but here's a more verbose one...
Naked art gets teacher in trouble
"After the trip, some parents complained to Fisher Elementary's principal because their children saw nude sculptures and paintings during the field trip... which was school approved and had parental signoff."
From what I've read in other articles, the school is claiming there were performance concerns even before the trip, but she had 28 years of great performance reviews right up until this trip.
Considering she had visited the museum ahead of time and talked to museum staffers, who all thought their public exhibits would be appropriate for fifth-graders... got school and parental permission... and yet the school blames it on her when a parent complains, then scurries to defensively document "previously existing" performance issues? That's just wrong.
The teacher is publically protesting how the principal has handled this since then. The school has taken her out of the classroom entirely. The school board supports the principal and refused to let her transfer to another school. Now they won't renew her contract. There goes a 28-year career down the toilet.
It's a tangled situation but at least one thing is clear to me: the school district should be reasserting that art field trips are a good thing. They're not doing so, and that has a major chilling effect on educators and particularly art educators.
This kind of crap is why I decided against being an art teacher in a public school.
(Well, that and how the school system works according to teachers I know and my own experiences... In no other industry can one disgruntled customer so easily ruin a gloriously underpaid career. Fiendish kids game the system with their parents' help to repeatedly get away with assaulting teachers and other students. Etc.)