BALTIMORE SUN

4-13-73

 

Teacher blames reassignment on homosexual group affiliation

 

A 22-year-old teacher complained yesterday that he was switched from the classroom to a desk job when Montgomery county school authorities discovered his affiliation with a homosexual group.

Joseph Acanfora, of Rockville, took the witness stand in Federal Court to assert that his constitutional rights were violated by the county authorities. He seeks reinstatement as a teacher.

Judge Joseph H. Young will continue to hear testimony in the case today.

Mr. Acanfora acknowledged that he was a homosexual and had appeared on a television show to discuss his relationships with his family

His transfer from a teaching position to a curriculum development position came after he was identified in news reports as supporting a homosexual group at Penn State University, it was testified.

Competence not issue

 

Mr. Acanfora, who formerly taught earth science at Parkland Junior High School in Montgomery county, was transferred in November just a few months after he was hired.

Neither his teaching ability nor his competence in the classroom was an issue in the transfer, the plaintiff in the civil rights case alleged.

Although his pay remains the same, Mr. Acanfora claims that he has been denied the right to develop skills in the profession in which he was trained.

Under cross-examination, Mr. Acanfora admitted that he did not reveal the affiliation which occurred while he was taking teacherís training at Penn State, when he was hired.