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Quaker teacher reinstated after refusing oath

Teacher refused to sign loyalty oath
March 8, 2008 12:00:00 AM PST
A college math instructor who was fired for refusing to sign a loyalty oath is returning to her teaching job at Cal State East Bay. Marianne Kearney-Brown was fired late last month because she was unwilling to sign the state oath of allegiance that required her to "support and defend" the U.S. and California constitutions "against all enemies."

Kearney-Brown, who is a practicing Quaker, filed a grievance against the university after she was fired six weeks after she started teaching remedial math at the Hayward campus.

The 50-year-old teacher signed the oath and got her job back Thursday after the university apologized and said the state-required oath does not require employees to bear arms or take violent action.


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