Are You Kidding Me?

The attorney for a New Jersey teacher says she won’t appeal a $22,000 fine for making a four-minute personal call during class.

The attorney says Asbury Park High School teacher Desley Getty admits she made a mistake.

The 120-day salary forfeiture is based on calendar days and will be deducted from a base salary of about $70,000. That’s less than a previous estimate of nearly $50,000.

Court records show the veteran performing arts teacher was covering for another teacher in 2008 when she made the cell-phone call to suspended superintendent Antonio Lewis, WCBS TV reported.

A student recorded two other students dancing while the teacher was on the phone and posted it on YouTube.

The district bans teachers from making personal calls while performing assigned duties.

Asbury Park High School is a four-year public high school headquartered in Asbury Park, N.J.

A teacher was fined 120 days of her salary for making a personal phone call during class? What does a student get for that offense? Maybe a day’s detention? Three at the most? She’s a performing arts teacher. It’s not like the kids were missing out on Math or Science, or English (a subject that in my experience was extremely poorly taught in Asbury Park.)

I base that particular judgment on my experience with a youth Julio M. who I counseled at a summer government program that takes the best and brightest from around New Jersey. The representative that year from A.P. COULD NOT conjugate a verb. I repeat, couldn’t conjugate a verb. In all his speeches, he spoke in the present tense, despite talking about his past.

Perhaps here the problem isn’t the 22 thousand dollar fine, so much as the fact that the school district is paying someone 70 thousand dollars a year to teach performing arts.

Honestly, though, doesn’t this seem a little excessive to anyone. She wasn’t having phone sex with the dude. She was talking to a suspended superintendent. At least she’s not touching the kids or sending them crotch shots to their facebook page.

This is just shameful behavior on the part of the Asbury Park School System. $22,000 dollar phone call? Really?

I don’t know about you but that sounds like Shennanigans to me.


~ by chrismcdevitt on August 13, 2009.

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