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by Steve Taylor

At the Oct. 19 St. Louis Community College Board of Trustees meeting, a professor was tackled and removed from the public hearing. He was being sanctioned for having questioned the board’s banning of applause for those who spoke against a plan to replace many full-time faculty with part-time instructors, while encouraging applause for administrators who supported it. I was that instructor.

Having been a district director for a U.S. congressman as well as a former planning and zoning commissioner for the city of Wildwood, I have often been in the situation that members of the board were in that night. From my perspective, they navigated it poorly.

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