Principal demoted for allowing teacher to appear on Bachelor 10

The principal of the school where Bachelor 10 contestant Amber Alchalabi taught fourth grade has been demoted for allowing Amber to appear on the show. Amber is one of the final four women remaining.

Her principal, Tammie Carpenter, “will be reassigned to another campus and demoted” to assistant principal, the Houston Chronicle reports. Amber will not be disciplined.

That “decision has angered many parents who support Principal Tammie Carpenter, saying she did nothing wrong in allowing Amber Alchalabi to miss 22 class days to tape the show. School officials said 10 of the missed days were unpaid.”

Two vocal parents said earlier they were “lied to” about Amber’s appearance on the show; Lesley White and Raquel Flores have kids in Amber’s class. According to the paper, however, “[t]he district’s decision to discipline Carpenter comes after school officials received at least two dozen messages in the past two weeks supporting her and the teacher.”

Fort Bend principal reassigned over The Bachelor [Houston Chronicle]

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