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Tuesday, June 23, 2009

...And For Those Who Can't Teach? Well, They Get Paid Anyway

I read a story this morning that is just aggravating. It seems that the teacher's union in NYC is so powerful that teachers get paid no matter what their conduct in class is. Right now, there are an estimated 700 teachers and administrators who have been let go from their positions for various violations including insubordination, threatening students , and sexual misconduct; yet they are still getting paid their salaries and benefits, costing the tax payers ~65 million dollars per year.

How can this be? How can they justify paying a VERY hands on anatomy teacher or a gym teacher who spends too much time in the locker room after class? Well, because "their union contract makes it extremely difficult to fire them". Feel Better now? Me too.

So what do these teachers who have been let go, but continue to collect, do all day? They are sent to reassignment centers where they can spend up to a few years and "practice yoga, work on their novels, paint portraits of their colleagues — pretty much anything but school work."

What the fuck?!

That my friends, is what our tax dollars go toward.

In true Shawshank fashion, the teachers of course all claim they are the victims and are innocent of the violations for which they've been accused. My guess is, most are probably not completely innocent. Those few who may be, still should not be collecting full salaries while they are under investigation.

This reassignment center is supposed to be a setting in which teachers can continue to hone their craft until their hearing and either be fired or allowed back in the classroom. BUT according to one reassigned high school teacher, Jennifer Saunders, "There was a bar across the street. Teachers would sneak out and hang out there for hours."

Man, being a teacher sounds okay, but being at teacher who is pending a hearing sounds better than a toga party at the Delta house.

How unions get away with these crimes is beyond me. I am so sick of our tax dollars being wasted on adults who contribute nothing to our society.

I guess the lesson here is if you want to get paid to do nothing then you should get a job as a teacher, gain tenure, and then do something like this . Seriously, if I had known that's all I had to do, I'd be at home in my draws right now eating a bowl of Cocoa Pebbles and playing Call of Duty.

Not really, but still...

Educators have one of the most important jobs in our society and it’s a shame to see positions being wasted on those who'd abuse that. There are plenty of great professionals out there who don't get the recognition they deserve. Meanwhile, those who are unfit, reap incredible benefits. A teacher should have passion for education and not for their students.

I love it when a news story gives me the opportunity to insert a bunch of random movie clips :)


  1. it really does not seem right that they do something incredibly wrong yet are rewarded by getting to hang out all day sipping coffee whilst they "reflect on their actions" and see what will become of them.

  2. Sometimes unions need to be reigned in

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  4. teachers getting paid to do nothing inst nearly as bad as the state of affairs of our welfare system or the fact that the obama administration decided that 6 months is not long enough to find a job and extended unemployment out to a full year.

  5. Its essentially the same thing. These teachers can collect for years to do nothing but hang out.

  6. Mmm Fruity Pebbles + COD4 = Bliss.

    It does go both ways though. A lot of teachers get forced out due to politics. And by politics I mean filthy-rich-entitled-son-of-a-bitch-whiny-bastard-parents.

  7. That is also a good pont Lola. There are teachers who are victims of parent whining...I would expect that those teachers are the ones taking the 'reassignment' seriously and trying to conduct themselves properly.

  8. Hmm. Tough situation. I'm willing to bet that the majority of teachers do the right thing by their students - and high-quality teachers definitely deserve representation by their unions to prevent unfair dismissal, harassment, etc. But I have to agree with you when you say: Educators have one of the most important jobs in our society and it’s a shame to see positions being wasted on those who'd abuse that. Amen, Caped Tirader, amen.

  9. Agreed TC (TC=Teacup Girl). Good teachers need representation when they are wrongfully dismissed. Unfortunately, unions in many cases gain to much power making it cheaper and less hassle to keep bad teachers rather than firing them. Ultimately this costs us all a great deal.
    - CT (CT=Caped Tirader :))


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