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Old 08-29-2015, 12:57 PM
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http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/n...r-nj/71384446/

NEW BRUNSWICK, N.J. — 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.

The tenure reform law, signed by Gov. Chris Christie in 2012, is supposed to make it easier to remove bad educators from the classrooms, although most of the arbitration decisions this year have returned teachers to their jobs, favoring job suspensions rather than terminations.

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.

While Anderson was unable to “plausibly” explain his lateness and — in the arbitrator’s words — relied on “micro-quibbles of a few unpersuasive explanations” while arguing “even when he is late he nevertheless delivers a superb educational experience to his grateful students,” the arbitrator felt that “progressive discipline” was fairer than termination.

The district had already withheld contractual salary increases from Anderson as discipline for his lateness, the arbitrator’s decision notes.

The process of filing tenure charges used to take years, but the new regulations require a state-appointed arbitrator to make a ruling within 90 days. The law makes it easier to file “inefficiency” charges against educators, which rarely happened under the former tenure law. Teachers can be charged with inefficiency after getting two consecutive poor annual evaluations.

Arbitrators can dismiss charges against a teacher if the district did not follow evaluation process; made a mistake of fact; were influenced by politics, nepotism, union activity or discrimination; or were arbitrary or capricious.
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the teacher..

If a student there was tardy that often....wow ~!

But a teacher... such a bad example he is setting.
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$90k a year! Must be a helluva good union.
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Originally Posted by Schmaltz~Herring View Post
$90k a year! Must be a helluva good union.
And that's on the low end.
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Breakfast! Hell, drop some Aunt Jemima complete, some syrup, in a mason jar, add water and shake, drop in microwvave for 2 minutes. You got instant pancakes you can eat in class.

Fire his ass.
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Originally Posted by semperfifishing View Post

the teacher..

If a student there was tardy that often....wow ~!

But a teacher... such a bad example he is setting.
They never get any days off though.

Math teachers are so good these days most kids can't make change if they work at a cash register.
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Ridiculous. This is why teachers, in general, get a bad rap. Wife is a teacher, in Florida, Masters degree, National Board certified, exceeds expectations every review, shows up early to mentor/tutor and stays late to do the same, pay in Florida less than half with same years experience. I fully understand why people bash the teaching profession, very disheartening though for the better ones.
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Originally Posted by cmatthews7 View Post
Ridiculous. This is why teachers, in general, get a bad rap. Wife is a teacher, in Florida, Masters degree, National Board certified, exceeds expectations every review, shows up early to mentor/tutor and stays late to do the same, pay in Florida less than half with same years experience. I fully understand why people bash the teaching profession, very disheartening though for the better ones.
And to top it off, the teachers that I've met in FL are amazing people... Thank you to your wife!
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Originally Posted by cmatthews7 View Post
Ridiculous. This is why teachers, in general, get a bad rap. Wife is a teacher, in Florida, Masters degree, National Board certified, exceeds expectations every review, shows up early to mentor/tutor and stays late to do the same, pay in Florida less than half with same years experience. I fully understand why people bash the teaching profession, very disheartening though for the better ones.
Same type of thing with my wife, retired two years ago after 34 years.

She spent her last 23 years at a boarding school, loved the kids, published an outstanding newspaper, etc. Still stays in touch with over 100 of her students. Somewhere near half the pay...
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A healthy breakfast is the most important meal of the day. The foundation of productivity.
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And to top it off, the teachers that I've met in FL are amazing people... Thank you to your wife!
Thanks Pete, she loves it. This weekend she paid for 2 kids sports insurance, not a huge bill but she firmly believes if the kids are involved in athletics it's easier to keep grades in check. It's the little things that a lot of good teachers do that can make a difference, but sadly the turd above who would have been suspended as a STUDENT if he was late that much gives them a black eye.
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And to top it off, the teachers that I've met in FL are amazing people... Thank you to your wife!
Thanks Pete, she loves it. This weekend she paid for 2 kids sports insurance, not a huge bill but she firmly believes if the kids are involved in athletics it's easier to keep grades in check. It's the little things that a lot of good teachers do that can make a difference, but sadly the turd above who would have been suspended as a STUDENT if he was late that much gives them a black eye.
I see it here in SE Florida... teachers who barely make enough to get by... yet they think nothing of putting in their own money for supplies or when a little kid that doesn't have means to pay for a field trip.

It's amazing how different it is from NJ. I'll tell you one thing for certain... down here, they aren't doing it for the money, and the don't get the respect they deserve.
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Breakfast! Hell, drop some Aunt Jemima complete, some syrup, in a mason jar, add water and shake, drop in microwvave for 2 minutes. You got instant pancakes you can eat in class.

Fire his ass.
My wife just mentioned that earlier. I guess it is going around somewhere?
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If we're talking 1-2 minutes, that's a non issue.
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Originally Posted by Danny33486 View Post
A healthy breakfast is the most important meal of the day. The foundation of productivity.
Unless it's a 40.
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Unless it's a 40.
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Originally Posted by Snoozin View Post
If we're talking 1-2 minutes, that's a non issue.
It should be a non-issue to set the alarm for 5:58 or 5:59.

Being consistantly 2 minutes late is deliberate and on purpose, taunting.
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It should be a non-issue to set the alarm for 5:58 or 5:59.

Being consistantly 2 minutes late is deliberate and on purpose, taunting.
Exactly that. And the administration is so inept they can't even document it so he can be fired! I guess it is safe to taunt them.

I'm never late... at half that cost. ;? (And 18 years.)
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This is just plan wrong. The guy may be a good teacher, but he's a terrible employee, and gives the profession a bad name.

I'm a high school teacher in NC with 21 years experience, with an advanced degree, making about half that amount. And I'm never late.

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