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Popular LA Teacher Forced to Take Leave

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Parents and students at Hobart Elementary school in Koreatown are angry that a renowned teacher there has been removed from his classroom. Rafe Esquith has won teaching awards, been profiled in national news stories and written books about education. Now, he’s on forced leave while the district investigates a complaint against him. Esquith’s lawyers say it was filed by another teacher after Esquith read his fifth-grade students a passage from “Adventures of Huckleberry Finn” describing a naked man. What do we know about the situation and will Esquith be reinstated?

Credits

Guest:
Ben Meiselas - attorney at Geragos & Geragos. He represents Rafe Esquith. - @meiselasb

Host:
Madeleine Brand

Producers:
Jolie Myers, Matt Holzman, Anna Scott, Christian Bordal