The teacher played religious gospel songs for his students and had been warned about playing DVDs during class. Students reported that he told them to go to "H-E-L-L," all spelled out.
"[He] said he didn't see anything wrong with it because the word hell is in the Bible," wrote a D.C. Public Schools principal in his recommendation that the teacher be fired in 2008.
D.C. Public Schools dismissed that teacher, as well as 74 others deemed ineffective by their principals, as of Aug. 1, 2008.
But an independent arbitrator ruled last week that then-Chancellor Michelle Rhee had improperly fired those 75 teachers because she never told them why they were being dismissed -- "The glaring and fatal flaw," arbitrator Charles Feigenbaum wrote in his verdict favoring the Washington Teachers' Union, which has been fighting DCPS on the firings for more than two years.