Just over a month after Kumar Rashad was named Kentucky’s “Teacher of the Year” by Gov. Andy Beshear’s (D) administration, Rashad was pulled out of the classroom and given “non-instructional duties.”
And no one will say why.
Jefferson County Public Schools confirmed the Breckinridge Metropolitan High School math teacher was “reassigned,” but “didn’t provide any reasons for the move,” WDRB reported.
A district spokeswoman told the Courier Journal to file an open records request.
Rashad, who is also a Louisville Metro Council member, representing District 3, refused to say, as well.
“Reassignments to noninstructional positions are often associated with a pending investigation or disciplinary action,” according to Louisville Public Media.
Beshear’s Department of Education made the announcement in September:
🌟2024 Kentucky High School Teacher of the Year Kumar Rashad gives students who have been in the criminal justice system a chance at success.
Rashad teaches mathematics at Breckinridge Metropolitan High School in Jefferson County Public Schools!
— KY Dept of Education (@KyDeptofEd) September 13, 2023
In addition to math, Rashad also teaches a course called “Developing Black Historical Consciences” and is on the Jefferson County Public Schools’ Advisory Council for Racial Equity.
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The Courier Journal reported Rashad is also running to be vice president of the Jefferson County Teachers Association, the school employees union.
According to Louisville Public Media, Rashad has been disciplined before.
“He faced reprimand over a 2018 email he sent to then-Commissioner of Education Wayne Lewis taking issue with the former commissioner’s views on charter schools,” according to the outlet.
In that case, he agreed to “professionalism training.”