ST. CHARLES, Mo. (KSDK) - A Francis Howell North High School teacher is making headlines. Not for his job inside the classroom but for his job outside the classroom.
Bryan Spencer, who has been teaching for 22 years, ran to become a state representative for Missouri District 63 as a member of the Tea Party and won.
Instead of quitting his teaching job, Mr. Spencer had hoped to take unpaid leave while he served in office.
But according to Spencer, that request was denied. He says this is unfair since the president of the NEA, better known as the National Education Association teachers' union, has been on unpaid leave from the Francis Howell district for 12 years.
"I'm a teacher. That's the chosen profession that I've made in my life. I did it because I wanted to make a difference. I don't look forward to becoming a career politician. I look at this as a short hiatus," said Spencer.
He says he plans to take his story to the next board meeting on January 17. He says there will be about 100 Tea Party supporters and other lawmakers arguing that his treatment is unfair.