Franklin Middle School band teacher fired for defying state vaccine & testing mandate

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SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (WCIA) — A Springfield teacher was officially fired Monday for refusing to comply with the state COVID vaccine and testing mandate for teachers.

Kingsley Keys taught band at Franklin Middle School. He was put on leave, along with one other teacher, for defying the mandate.

The board voted 6-0 Monday night to dismiss Keys. The other teacher provided proof of vaccination and will return to work Friday.

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