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Teacher keeps $90K job after being late 111 times

Discussion in 'Sports and News' started by YankeeFan, Aug 29, 2015.

  1. YankeeFan

    YankeeFan Well-Known Member

    I'm glad to see he's identified the cause of his problem, and has pledged to resolve it:

    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.

    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.

    Anderson said he was one to two minutes late to school "at the most" but was prepared and was never late for class.

    "I have to cut out eating breakfast at home," he said Friday.

    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.

    The decision is one of dozens issued this year by arbitrators under the state’s Teacher Effectiveness and Accountability for the Children of New Jersey, or TeachNJ.

    Teacher keeps $90K job after being late 111 times
  2. Riptide

    Riptide Well-Known Member

    It's that fucking coffee.
  3. outofplace

    outofplace Well-Known Member

    YF, why aren't you asking about his students' standardized test scores? Aren't you supporting all these changes in education, which include judging whether or not teachers should keep their jobs based on test scores?

    Unlike you, YF, I'll actually make my point rather than hinting at it. Yes, the teacher should probably lose his job. The problem is that most of the changes aimed at holding teachers accountable do a piss-poor job of selecting the right methods for evaluating them.
  4. doctorquant

    doctorquant Well-Known Member

    His students' scores were thrown out because they turned their answer sheets in "at the most" one or two minutes after the deadline.
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  5. Dick Whitman

    Dick Whitman Well-Known Member

    111 Cristal hangovers.
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  6. doctorquant

    doctorquant Well-Known Member

    Actually, stipulating* that he's telling the truth, I don't think he should lose his job. Being one or two minutes late to work for a teacher would not, I think, remotely affect his classroom performance. I would assume that a teacher's scheduled workday starts well before the start time of his/her first class. Now I don't know when the workday starts, and I don't know what's expected -- meetings? announcements? drop-off monitoring? -- during that time between the beginning of the workday and the start of the first class. But I would think there could be some wiggle room there, especially if the teacher in question is OK with making that time up after school on a regular basis.

    *Hope I don't run afoul of the "complicated words!" committee with this one.
  7. LongTimeListener

    LongTimeListener Well-Known Member

    YF must be incensed to learn that teachers have time in their workday when students aren't around.
  8. TheSportsPredictor

    TheSportsPredictor Well-Known Member

    Wonder how many of us are late b/c of posting on SJ.com.
  9. heyabbott

    heyabbott Well-Known Member

    He still had a better attendance records than most members of Congress
  10. Riptide

    Riptide Well-Known Member

    Probably a Clinton voter. Wait for it ...
  11. cranberry

    cranberry Well-Known Member

    Anybody bother asking if he's a good teacher? A young woman who recently started working for me is about 15 minutes late every morning. She gets more done the rest of the day than 95 percent of the people in my office. So you can see where this sounds kind of petty to me.
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  12. outofplace

    outofplace Well-Known Member

    I made one unsafe assumption here. I'm assuming he was told to stop showing up late and failed to comply. If your employer tells you showing up at a certain time is part of your job and you habitually fail to do so, they have a right to take action. Eventually, that can reach the point of being fired. I was going on the assumption that he had been told to stop coming in late.

    As others pointed out, YF didn't express any real interest in determining whether or not the guy is an effective teacher. That was my point as well. There are some people who seem to just want to find a reason to fire teachers to show they are doing something to address education, but making sure the right teachers keep their jobs doesn't seem to matter to them.
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