Teacher keeps $90K job after being late 111 times

30 Aug 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

New Jersey teacher who was late for work 111 times keeps job – News – NorthJersey.

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — An elementary school teacher who was allowed to keep his job despite being late for work 111 times in two years said 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,” Arnold Anderson told the Associated Press, noting that he planned to break the habit. In a decision filed Aug. 19, an arbitrator in New Jersey rejected an attempt by the Roosevelt Elementary School in New Brunswick to fire Anderson from his $90,000-a-year job, saying he was entitled to progressive discipline. The arbitrator found that the district failed to provide Anderson with due process by not providing him with a formal notice of inefficiency or giving him 90 days to correct his failings before terminating his employment.

Almost all of his tardies happened during the few minutes before classes began, he said. “The contract called for teachers to arrive by 8:40, but he didn’t have any duties until 8:50, and he almost always arrived by 8:45,” Cridge said. Gregory, the arbitrator, said in an interview Friday that a teacher’s lateness matters, even if it happens before class actually begins. “In an increasingly competitive world, the teacher as role model is perhaps more important than it used to be,” he said.

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