Ann Arbor seeks to fire two teachers

ANN ARBOR, Mich. — Ann Arbor Public Schools wants to fire a high school orchestra teacher for an allegedly inappropriate relationship with a student, reported. The board voted recently to levy tenure charges against the teacher as well as a former elementary school teacher, though little about the second case was discussed, according to

The orchestra teacher, Chris Mark, 45, will remain on paid leave until the Michigan Teacher Tenure Commission hears the case, according to The student involved in the case graduated in 2005 and is now his girlfriend, reported.

In an earlier report, cited an e-mail from Mark to the student which the district characterized as a “love letter,” but which Mark’s attorney said was an effort to reach out to a troubled student. The attorney asked the board to find middle ground between firing Mark and doing nothing, reported.

The district also voted to file tenure charges against an elementary teacher who has been on leave since last year; a district spokeswoman declined further comment, reported.

SOURCES:, “Huron High School orchestra teacher's relationship with former student basis for possible tenure charges, document shows,” Dec. 15, 2010, “Ann Arbor school board pursues tenure charges to fire popular Huron High School orchestra teacher,” Dec. 16, 2010

Mackinac Center for Public Policy, “Don’t Tenure Current Teacher Tenure Law,” Dec. 7, 2010