Controversial Teacher Adam Verete Fired Due to Budget Cuts

Verete was called to disciplinary hearings earlier this year for allegedly criticizing the army in class.

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Adam Verete in his home. February 2, 2014.
Adam VereteCredit: Gil Eliyahu

Adam Verete, a controversial teacher at the ORT High School in Kiryat Tivon, was fired due to budget cuts, according to the school's administration.

Earlier this year, Verete, a Jewish-philosophy teacher, was embroiled in fierce public controversy after one of his students filed a complaint with the Education Ministry, accusing him of characterizing the IDF as immoral. Disciplinary hearings were held by the school’s administration, but Verete was not dismissed.

According to Verete, the school informed him that the Jewish philosophy track was cancelled, apparently due to cuts in funding to the school by local authorities.

Verete said other teachers were summoned to pre-dismissal hearings, that the literature studies track will also be cancelled and that he chose to forego a hearing this time. Verete was employed part-time at ORT Kiryat Tivon, teaching there once a week. Verete also teaches at the anthroposophist school in Oranim.

Officials in the ORT system said Verete had not finished his studies to earn a teaching certificate, which was one of the reasons he was selected for dismissal.

The ORT administration issued an official statement saying that the school administration was forced to dismiss some of its personnel and assign their work to other teachers, due to budget cuts.

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