Bad Teachers Protected by Tenure and Their Unions

Below are 12 bad teachers who were protected by both tenure and their unions.  6 of these were here in Illinois.

  1. Matthew Lang was a band director at O’Fallon Township High School in Illinois in 2007 when administrators learned he was having a sexual relationship with a 17-year-old female student. 
  2. Jon White was sentenced to 48 years in prison in 2008 for abusing ten students at schools in the Illinois towns of Urbana and Normal. 
  3. Chris Mark was caught having an inappropriate relationship with a student in 2010. His union contract ensured that he was on paid leave during the 13-step process.
  4. Stephen Wright, a tenured science teacher at Downers Grove South High School in Illinois, kept his license to teach even after being accused of faking his hours, stealing district computers, inappropriately touching female students and discussing the sexual activities of himself and his students.
  5. Dina Holder, a special needs pre-kindergarten teacher in California’s Brentwood School District, kept her job despite reports that she physically abused multiple students.
  6. Mark Krockover, a tenured chemistry teacher and cheerleading coach at Maine East High School in Park Ridge, Ill., was allowed to resign and given $60,000 severance after he was accused of harassment from seven female students. 
  7. Neal Erickson is in prison for molesting a 14-year-old boy while he was a teacher in the West Branch-Rose City, Mich., school district. 
  8. Tenure protection kept Aryeh Eller in the New York City school district’s infamous “rubber room” for more than 10 years after he admitted repeated sexual harassment of female students.
  9. New York teacher, Queens math instructor Francisco Olivares, still earned his annual salary of nearly $95,000 after allegedly impregnating and marrying a 16-year-old student and sexually molesting two other students during his 32-year career.
  10. In Los Angeles, special education teacher Matthew Kim was finally fired in 2009, some seven years after co-workers and students complained of repeated acts of sexual harassment. 
  11. One teacher, whose name was redacted from official documents, was alleged to have done numerous horrific acts to her students, including spraying a second-grader with mace, slapping other students and placing a stapler over a kid’s lips and threatening to seal them.
  12. An elementary teacher in Newark who swore at, threatened and punched a 10-year-old girl in front of her classmates got nine months’ pay plus vacation and sick time in exchange for quitting.

Read more about Fox News’ Dirty Dozen.


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