VISD doesn't blame teacher in Bible complaint

Gabriella Canales By Gabriella Canales

July 14, 2017 at 9:03 p.m.
Updated July 15, 2017 at 6 a.m.

A copy of the assignment given to students  by Terri Langley-Weber, fifth-grade science enrichment teacher at Dudley Elementary School.

A copy of the assignment given to students by Terri Langley-Weber, fifth-grade science enrichment teacher at Dudley Elementary School.   Contributed photo for The Victoria Advocate

The Victoria school district ruled in favor of a Dudley Elementary School teacher after months of investigating an incident involving a Bible and a Charles Darwin lesson.

The district concluded Terri Langley-Weber, a fifth-grade science enrichment teacher, taught the adaptation lesson April 27 in accordance with the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills, or TEKS, said Shawna Currie, district communications director.

The investigation determined no further action would be taken in the case.

Langley-Weber was placed on administrative leave with pay April 29.

"The student had been asked to put the book away, there was a conversation in regards to that and she went on to teach the lesson, which happened to be a lesson on adaptation," Currie said.

Interviews and documentation, such as lesson plans and speaking with those involved and campus administrators, were used to determine the outcome, she said.

"We found what she was teaching in that lesson was in accordance with the curriculum ... and what she should have been teaching," Currie said.

The student was allowed to remain in the class for the remainder of the school year.

Whether any disciplinary action was taken against that student was unavailable because of privacy rules, she said.

The teacher did not return to the classroom for the rest of the school year, she said.

Langley-Weber resigned June 2, the last day of her employment contract, Currie said.

"Dr. Langley-Weber has accepted a position with another school district, and we wish her all the best in her future endeavors," she said.

Langley-Weber could not be reached for comment.


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