Karen Pence teaching art at religious school in Virginia

In this Dec. 6, 2018, file photo, Karen Pence smiles as she gives a tour of the holiday decorations at the Vice President's residence in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon, File)
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WASHINGTON (AP) — It's back to school for Karen Pence, Vice President Mike Pence's wife.

Mrs. Pence began teaching art to elementary students at Immanuel Christian School in Northern Virginia on Tuesday. Mrs. Pence accepted the job in December and was to have rebooted her teaching career on Monday. But classes were canceled after a heavy weekend snowfall across the Washington region.

Her office says she'll teach twice a week until May.

The second lady is facing backlash after it was revealed Immanuel Christian School requires teaching applicants to agree to a "personal life of moral purity," and acknowledging marriage is between a man and woman. The same guideline specifies "moral misconduct" as behaviors including premarital sex, homosexuality and identifying as transgender. Violation of the guideline is grounds for termination.

Huffington Post education reporter Rebecca Klein tweeted the rule, causing an uproar on social media.


In a parent agreement, the school also says it can refuse admission to prospective students, or expel current students, who participate in or support homosexuality.

A spokewoman for Mrs. Pence told the Washington Post the attacks on her new job were "absurd."

"It’s absurd that her decision to teach art to children at a Christian school, and the school’s religious beliefs, are under attack," Kara Brooks said.

Brooks did not say whether the second lady signed an application including the morality agreement.

Mrs. Pence was a teacher for 25 years, including 12 teaching art at Immanuel Christian School, before then-U.S. Rep. Mike Pence was elected Indiana's governor.

Mrs. Pence's immediate predecessor, Jill Biden, wife of former Vice President Joe Biden, taught English twice a week at a Northern Virginia community college during his two terms.

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