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Teacher in Bush-Hitler controversy meets administrators

Overland High School teacher Jay Bennish arrives at the Cherry Creek School District adminstration office in Greenwood Village, Colo., Thursday, March 9, 2006, to discuss complaints about his teaching and whether he will return to teaching. Bennish was placed on leave after he likened an address by President Bush to speeches by Adolf Hitler, and a state lawmaker suggested giving districts the power to fire instructors who don't "present balanced viewpoints on controversial topics." (AP Photo/Aurora Daily Sun, Shannon Davidson)
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DENVER – School district officials met Thursday with a high school teacher who was placed on leave after he likened an address by President Bush to speeches by Adolf Hitler, and a state lawmaker suggested giving districts the power to fire instructors who don’t “present balanced viewpoints on controversial topics.”

Social studies teacher Jay Bennish has been on leave from Overland High School in suburban Aurora since March 1 while Cherry Creek School District determines whether he violated a district policy requiring teachers to present balancing viewpoints in the classroom.School district spokeswoman Tustin Amole declined to comment on Thursday’s meeting and said another could be held Friday. She said the district expected to announce a decision on Bennish Friday.

Bennish’s lawyer, David Lane, did not immediately return a telephone call from The Associated Press. He told KHOW radio in Denver that Bennish always presents balancing views in his classes but not always at the same time.Bennish told district officials Thursday that in the future, “When he puts out something controversial, he’ll put the other side out right then and there,” Lane said.


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