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Fourth grade math homework references alcohol, food stamps

NORTH AVONDALE, OH (FOX19) -

A North Avondale Montessori teacher faces possible disciplinary action over three math problems for fourth graders with "inappropriate wording," Cincinnati Public Schools officials said Friday.

A parent posted a photo of her daughter’s math homework to Facebook. One of the subtraction problems references alcohol and two others reference food stamps.

District spokeswoman Janet Walsh said the assignment was sent home without the knowledge and approval of school or district leadership.

A parent commented on the Facebook post and claimed she met with the teacher who assigned the homework.

“He said had been using this for the last couple of years and had read it but the example was a really good one for the lesson he was trying to teach and since no one had said anything he didn't think anything of it.” the parent said about her conversation with the teacher. The teacher reportedly said he would not use the assignment again.

Walsh called the wording “both insensitive and developmentally inappropriate.” Several parents on Facebook agreed while others have said they don't take issue with the homework. 

“Food stamps are a part of many people's lives from many different cultures. I don't see the problem. That is real life,” one person wrote.

"The wording is both insensitive and developmentally inappropriate," read a statement from CPS. "It also runs counter to the values of NAM and Cincinnati Public Schools, where we celebrate the diversity of our families and respect differences in backgrounds and beliefs."

North Avondale serves preschoolers through sixth graders. Classrooms are organized into the following age groups: 3-to-6-year-olds (preschool to kindergarten); 6-to-9-year-olds (first, second and third grades) and 9-to-12-year-olds (fourth, fifth and sixth grades)

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