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Teacher Reprimanded After Writing ‘You Can’t Be A Democrat & Go To Heaven’ On Chalkboard

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Karen Baker, a Kentucky high school teacher, apologized to her class after being reprimanded by the school district for writing, “You can’t be a Democrat & go to Heaven,” on a board in her classroom a week after voters re-elected President Obama. The district superindent said Baker wrote the statement after hearing a student say it. Mary Gilbert, whose 17-year-old daughter was in Baker’s class, filed a complaint against Baker with the state Education Professional Standards Board; she said the written comment came after Baker had also spoken against marriage equality and Obama.