Court Upholds Dismissal of Teacher Over Racist Remarks

FRANKLIN TOWNSHIP, N.J. (AP) -

An appeals court has upheld the dismissal of a New Jersey science teacher for making inappropriate remarks about whites, blacks, Hispanics and Asians in class.

Franklin Township school officials removed Madhumita Chaki from her tenured job in 2011, when during a chemistry class the year before she characterized blacks as lazy, Asians as intellectually and economically superior. She also said whites could no longer afford to live in New Jersey and Spanish people were working class.

Chaki’s lawyer said she was discussing demographics to make a chemistry point and never intended for her comments to sound demeaning.