Sunday, March 13, 2011

Check Out The Veteran Teacher's Blog

From now on, when I hear or read the words "all the teachers in the Rubber Room should be fired" or "no one should be guaranteed a job for life (tenure)" I will immediately refer the Benighted One to the Veteran Teacher's blog, http://theveteranteacher.blogspot.com/--and just in case the  Unenlightened One never takes the trouble to visit the blog, I'll include a little preview.


  • The term Veteran has two meanings
    • Veteran teacher-- 21 years of teaching experience.
    • Veteran  military officer-- 26 years of active and reserve service.
  • Accused of incorrectly grading 5 essays from a total of three exams.
  • Reassigned out of building, to nonteaching position from August 24, 2007 to August 27, 2010 (three years, just in case the Misguided One can't subtract).
  • Completely exonerated by arbitrator because
    • differences in ratings are normal and to be expected, and that is why two or three different teachers grade every test.
    • There was no evidence he was even one of the two or three raters who actually did rate the five essays from the three exams in question.
    • He was not even in the building at the time the five essays were rated.

"District Expenses 

  • 3 + years (The Veteran Teacher) reassigned from classroom teaching to a previously nonexistent non-teaching position w/full pay and benefits paid by the district
  • 3 + years of legal bills for the school district for the 3020a
  • 3 + years of arbitrator fees for the school district for the 3020a
  • 3 + years of full time substitute coverage (pay and benefits) paid by the district
  • 3 + years of school district administrator work hours dedicated to the 3020a
  • 3 + years of lost wages as per arbitrator directive
Total Estimated Expense for the District : $XXX,XXX.XX +  plus additional (and ongoing) lawsuit related costs" (copied and pasted from Veteran Teacher's blog.)

Cost to Veteran Teacher...Incalculable

The story is given in much more detail with accompanying documents on the blog, but these are good talking points if you find yourself defending tenure and/or reassigned teachers.

Moriah Untamed



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Moriah said...

How many essays were on each exam?

Moriah said...

I have made the Veteran Teacher's corrections in the body of my post just in case readers don't make it as far as the comments. As VT says, it is difficult to grasp the layers of bogusness.

The Veteran Teacher said...
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