TAMPA — The Florida middle school teacher who asked students to fill out a "privilege" form as part of an assignment resigned from the Hillsborough County School District on Thursday.
Yoselis Ramos, who taught Spanish at
Monroe Middle School, was suspended last week for passing out a "how privileged are you?" list to seventh- and eighth-graders in two of Ramos' Spanish classes as an extension of literature the students were reading.
In addition to race, the forms asked students about their disability status, gender and sexual orientation, and religion. In another section, kids were asked to circle "cisgender," "transgender" or "genderqueer."
Ramos said that students didn't need to turn in the forms; the goal was to teach them about diversity and inequality. But she was suspended after several parents complained to the school's principal about the assignment.
A subsequent investigation by the school district determined that Ramos had caused a disruption, was teaching something that was not part of the district's curriculum, and had offended families with her lesson plan.
Ramos resigned during a follow-up meeting Thursday with the school district. She declined to comment on the controversy.