An elementary school teacher who was late to school at least 46 times this past school year and 65 times the year before will be able to keep his job, a state arbitrator has ruled.Holy crap, are you kidding me? No one told him at any time in the last two school years that he was supposed to be on time to work?
The city school district had sought to terminate Roosevelt Elementary School math teacher Arnold Anderson as a result of his years of chronic tardiness.
Anderson told The Associated Press on Friday that breakfast is to blame for his tardiness.
"I have a bad habit of eating breakfast in the morning, and I lost track of time," he said...
While the state-appointed arbitrator slammed the teacher's flimsy excuses and found that “there is no doubt the district has proven conduct unbecoming,” the teacher will be allowed to return to the classroom in January, albeit only after serving an unpaid suspension until then. Anderson earns about $90,000 per year with 14 years of experience...
In Anderson’s case, the arbitrator said the district failed to provide the teacher with due process by providing him with a formal notice of inefficiency or by giving him 90 days to correct his failings.
Teachers unions like to point out that administrators should be documenting, documenting, documenting, and then, when there's enough documentation, it might be OK to fire a teacher. IF no administrator warned the guy in the last two years, then yes, they screwed up. Does that excuse this teacher's behavior, though? Does it justify his keeping a $90,000-a-year job? Is "conduct unbecoming a professional teacher", repeatedly and over an extended period of time, not enough to get fired? Sometimes I wonder what, besides self satisfaction, I get from having high personal standards.