GA Department of Education Official Fired After Facebook Posts

(Photo: gavirtualschool.org)
(Photo: gavirtualschool.org)

Atlanta, GA (11 ALIVE)-  A top Georgia Department of Education official has been fired for comments made on his personal Facebook page. Jeremy Spencer was the Associate Superintendent of Virtual Instruction for the Georgia Department of Education. Spencer was hired in 2015 by State School Superintendent Richards Woods and, according to the state’s website,open.georgia.gov Spencer’s salary in 2015 was $73,697.30.

In a series of Facebook posts, Spencer shared posts from right-winged websites about politics and social issues. In one post, he suggests that U.S. public schools cannot compete with schools in Finland because we don’t have all white students. He also made a comment about gay people and poles after sharing an Atlanta Journal Constitution article.

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State Superintendent Richard Woods released this statement about his firing Tuesday morning.

“Like most people, I was disheartened and disgusted to see the posts made by Mr. Spencer on his Facebook page. These posts in no way reflect my opinions, or those of the Department of Education. As of this morning, Mr. Spencer is no longer an employee of the Department of Education. My job, and the job of all employees at the Department of Education, is to look out for the educational well-being of all of Georgia’s 1.7 million students, and more than 100,000 teachers and educators.”

Advocacy group Better Georgia called for Woods to fire Spencer. They called the posts “Vile, racist and bigoted.”

Executive Director Bryan Long said in a statement, “Spencer’s Facebook posts that became news today disqualifies him from leading any public school in Georgia, much less being a leader at the Department of Education. Our students deserve better.”

According the the Georgia Virtual School website, Spencer is a graduate of The University of Georgia, Piedmont College and Valdosta State University.

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