Friday, March 25, 2005

Schoolhouse Crock

NY Daily News: A Bronx teacher who repeatedly flunked his state certification exam paid a formerly homeless man with a developmental disorder $2 to take the test for him, authorities said yesterday. The illegal stand-in - who looks nothing like teacher Wayne Brightly - not only passed the high-stakes test, he scored so much better than the teacher had previously that the state knew something was wrong, officials said.


Along with being much smarter than Brightly, Leitner is 20 years older. He also is white and overweight while Brightly is black and thin. Yet none of those glaring differences apparently worried Brightly.


If he failed the state exam again, Brightly risked losing his $59,000-a-year job.


About 19,000 teachers across the state take the certification exam each year and roughly 95% pass. Teachers are required to be certified - but the city has a temporary waiver from the state because the Education Department has not been able to find enough qualified instructors.

OK, tell me again why school vouchers do not make sense. Tell me again why teachers unions that don't put their foot down against undesirable teachers such as this are working in the bets interest of students.

$59K a year for a teacher so stupid? Hell, if NYC Board of Education is so hard-up for good teachers, there's bound to be plenty of out-of-work people who would jump at the chance to work 9 months per year at $59K who are bound to be smarter than this idiot.

Am I wrong here???

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