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BOSTON — The American Civil Liberties Union of Massachusetts and the Boston Teachers Union settled a freedom of speech lawsuit it brought against the headmaster of a Boston high school for blacklisting a substitute teacher because of his statements at a Boston City Council hearing. The lawsuit claims that Boston English High School headmaster Jose Duarte violated long-time substitute teacher Jeffrey Herman’s First Amendment rights by putting him on a “Do Not Call” list following Herman’s statements at a city council meeting. Herman testified against the city’s expenditure of more than $1 million for Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps (JROTC) programs in the Boston public schools. Jeffrey Herman v. Jose Duarte, No. 06-11891 (D. Mass) In the settlement, the city did not admit to wrongdoing by the headmaster, but it agreed to pay Herman and his lawyers $15,000, according to ACLU Sarah R. Wunsch. Herman agreed that he would not substitute at Boston’s English High School while Jose Duarte is the headmaster. When Duarte is no longer the headmaster, Herman’s name will be removed from the school’s “Do Not Call” list. “Teachers are entitled to political opinions just like everyone else,” Wunsch said. “We need them to feel free to share those opinions with public and elected officials, outside the school, without fear of losing their jobs for doing so.”

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