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Complaining Teacher Fired

A teacher who complained the state about her school was then fired, according to the Star Tribune. Lauren Strom, who worked for a downtown day-care center called the Cradle Club, complained to the Minnesota Department of Human Services that she felt a student-teacher ratio rule was being violated. After the violation was confirmed by a state inspector, Strom was blamed for the rule breakage by the Club owner and subsequently fired, the Star Tribune said. Strom told the Tribune she sees it as direct retaliation against her. However, the club owner told the Star Tribune she was not even aware Strom had called the state, and that it would have had no effect on her decision. The club owner blames Strom for not calling more teachers for help on the inspection day, according to the Star Tribune.