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Report: Docs Debunk Warren Claim Pregnancy Cost Her Job

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Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass. (Kristopher Tripplaar/AP)

By    |   Monday, 07 October 2019 06:21 PM

The Board of Education in Riverdale, N.J., approved a contract for Elizabeth Warren to teach in the district for a second year in 1971, contradicting the Massachusetts Democratic senator's claim she was not asked to return after one year because she was "visibly pregnant."

The board voted unanimously April 21, 1971, to approve Warren, now a 2020 presidential candidate, for a "2nd year" contract to teach for two days a week, according to meeting minutes obtained by The Washington Free Beacon.

The job was similar to the one she held the previous year, as a speech pathologist at Riverdale Elementary School.

But two months later, on June 16, 1971, Warren's resignation was "accepted with regret," according to documents from that meeting, the Free Beacon reports.

In campaign speeches, Warren cites her early teaching experience as the reason why she went into law and as an example of the troubles women face in the workplace.

She said the principal of the school where she worked in the 1970s "showed [her] the door" at the end of the school year because she was "visibly pregnant."

The Warren campaign did not respond to a request for comment from the Free Beacon on the education records.

According to the Free Beacon, Warren's story surrounding her dismissal from Riverdale Elementary School came under scrutiny last week when Meagan Day of Jacobin magazine noted the senator's story might have changed over the years.

Day cited a 2007 interview with the University of California-Berkeley in which Warren suggested she quit teaching after realizing that graduate school classes she needed to obtain a teaching certificate were not going to "work out for [her]."

"I went back to graduate school and took a couple of courses in education and said, 'I don't think this is going to work out for me,'" Warren said in the interview.

"I was pregnant with my first baby, so I had a baby and stayed home for a couple of years — and I was really casting about, thinking, 'What am I going to do?'

"My husband's view of it was: 'Stay home. We have children. We'll have more children. You'll love this.'

"I was very restless about it," Warren said.

However, in her 2014 book, "A Fighting Chance," published a year after she was sworn into the U.S. Senate, Warren gives a variation of the earlier story.

"By the end of the school year, I was pretty obviously pregnant," Warren wrote. "The principal did what I think a lot of principals did back then: wished me good luck, didn't ask me back the next school year, and hired someone else for the job."

The Board of Education minutes show a part-time contract for Warren's first year at Riverdale Elementary was unanimously approved during an August 1970 board meeting, the Free Beacon reports.

Minutes from meetings in November 1970 confirm Warren's account that she was working on an "emergency" teaching certificate, showing unanimous approval "that a provisional certificate be requested for Mrs. Elizabeth Warren in speech therapy."

Near the end of Warren's first year, in April 1971, the board approved her contract for the next school year, according to minutes cited by the Free Beacon.

Two months later, however, minutes indicate that Warren tendered her resignation.

"The resignation of Mrs. Elizabeth Warren, speech correctionist effective June 30, 1971, was accepted with regret," according to the minutes from the June 16, 1971, meeting cited in the report.

Warren is not mentioned further in any Riverdale Board of Education meeting minutes, a board spokesman told the Free Beacon.

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Contradicting the Massachusetts Democratic senator's claim she was not asked to return after one year because she was "visibly pregnant," the Board of Education in Riverdale, N.J., approved a contract for Elizabeth Warren to teach in the district for a second year in 1971.
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