- 23 years ago, a public school teacher's aide was hired;
- in 2001, the teacher's aide was certified as a teacher;
- since 2008, this first grade teacher has annually received “unsatisfactory” job ratings;
- from 2009 to 2012, this teacher admitted to excessive absences and agreed to a $2.5k fine;
- during the 2012-13 academic year, absent 27 times and late 37 times;
- the most recent administrator's observation included: students out of their seats, at least one was running, another was demonstrating karate moves on the closet door, and the majority not involved in anything instructional; and,
- on the day of that observation, three of this teacher's students were injured in a classroom melee.
Q: What's a principal to do?
A: Fire the teacher.
But, this transpired in a New York City public school--located in the Washington Heights area of Manhattan--and the tenured teacher is Ann Legra. The salary scale qualifies Ms. Legra to be paid a minimum of $84.5k+/year.
To fire a tenured teacher, a hearing is required. The administrator must "prove" to the hearing officer that the teacher should be fired.
At that hearing, the officer dismissed the charges that Legra was a bad teacher, claiming she had not received sufficient coaching. However, the hearing officer did uphold the charges of Legra’s "inability to supervise students," poor lesson-planning, as well as excessive absence and lateness during the 2012-2013 school year.
The hearing officer's decision? A 45-day suspension without pay. No termination.
Given her record, how's that for educational malpractice?
But, the story gets even better.
Legra is now suing the Department of Education, claiming she was targeted because of her high salary and that she is a victim of discrimination. Race. Gender. National origin.
And, to top it all off, Legra has a "medical diability." Athsma.
Perhaps the Department of Education should sue the public school teachers' union for grand theft to the tune of $500k+...allowing one of its member to take at least 6 years' worth of salary from the school disctrict while not providing the pedagogical services which she contracted to provide.
It's called "crony socialism." No wonder the public schools are such a mess. Give the poor kids subjected to this insane system vouchers.
Let the discussion begin...
To read the Independent Journal Review article, click on the following link:
For additional details, check out the New York Post article: