Teacher suspended after students vote kid from class

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. (AP) - A Port St. Lucie elementary school teacher has been suspended without pay after she allowed her kindergartners to openly vote on whether a 5-year-old student could remain in class.

The St. Lucie County School Board voted unanimously Tuesday night to suspend without pay Morningside Elementary School teacher Wendy Portillo for one year.

School officials say Portillo brought Alex Barton to the front
of the class in May and asked other students to tell him how his
behavior affected them.

Barton, who was in the process of being diagnosed with Asperger's Syndrome at the time, had left the class twice that day for discipline referrals to the principal's office.

Portillo then asked the class to vote on whether Barton should stay in the class. He lost the vote, 14 to 2.

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