And teachers want respect…

It’s no secret that, here at The Curmudgeon, we have issues with public school teachers. Our view is that they want to be treated as professionals and then everything they actually do says that they are an insular, self-absorbed, group of whining narcissists.

Today is a case in point.

WEST BRANCH, Mich. – The Michigan Education Association is going to arbitration to try to force the West Branch-Rose City school district to pay a former teacher who was convicted of molesting a student a $10,000 severance buyout.

The father of the victim is outraged, calling the union’s efforts on behalf of the sex criminal “ludicrous” and saying any school money due to the teacher should go to his son, who is “out there trying to make it in this world all messed up.”

Let’s do this slowly.

  • Public school teacher molests a child in his class;
  • Public school teacher is charged, tried, and convicted of child molestation – he raped the boy repeatedly over a three year period;
  • Public school teacher is convicted of molestation;
  • Public school teacher is sentenced to 15-30 in prison.

The union says he’s entitled to a buyout of his contract. And just to add insult to injury…

The case sparked community outrage when several of the district’s teachers wrote letters of support for Erickson, pleading for a lenient sentence. A school board member, Mike Eagan, also drew the public’s ire when he sat with the Erickson family at the pedophile’s sentencing.

The community rallied by the victim’s parents, John and Lori Janczewski, to urge the school board to terminate Erickson’s supporters, but officials ultimately decided to keep the teachers out of fear of legal retaliation.

Teachers in this pedophile’s school wrote letters to the judge pleading for leniency. You just can’t make this stuff up.

This isn’t a “one time thing”. New York City has a policy of removing teachers who’ve been accused of sexual misconduct with students and placing them in a “rubber room”. That simply means they are assigned to an off-campus office with no contact with students and they still get paid for doing nothing.

He worked just one year as a full-time teacher in New York. But he has collected nearly $1 million for 13 years for doing almost nothing.

Aryeh Eller, 46, a former music teacher at Hillcrest HS in Queens, is the longest-sitting “rubber room” teacher in the city. He was yanked from the classroom in 1999 and confessed to repeated sexual harassment of female students, according to a 2000 investigative report.

But a hearing officer who decides whether tenured teachers can be fired dismissed the case, ruling that Eller wasn’t told his rights. The Department of Education, considering him unfit for teaching, put him in a holding room for a decade.


Since his 1999 suspension, he has collected $943,000, plus health and pension benefits — and the total will hit $1 million this year.

Gee, we’re sure we all agree that’s a good use of taxpayer money.

There are lot’s more stories, lot’s more, but we’ll stop here and ask the obvious (at least to us) question, “Where are the teachers – those scions of professional behavior – and why aren’t they clamoring to assign people like this to a stone pit? Or at least terminate them some sort of finality.” The teachers are apparently OK with these practices, in the Michigan case some of them actually supported their local pedophile.

Here’s a hint for you, public school teachers. If you want to have anybody believe that you really give a damn about the kids you’re supposed to be “educating” then stand up and raise hell that people like this are associated with you and your so-called profession.

Or maybe that’s just too much trouble.

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Posted by on December 13, 2013.
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Michael Becker is a long time activist and a businessman. He's been involved in the pro-life movement since 1976 and has been counseling addicts and ministering to prison inmates since 1980. Becker is a Curmudgeon. He has decades of experience as an operations executive in turnaround situations and in mortgage banking. He blogs regularly at The Right Curmudgeon, The Minority Report, Wizbang, Unified Patriots and Joe for America. He lives in Phoenix and is almost always armed.

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  • Lawrence Westlake

    Arguably public sector education unions and their members are the absolute worst of the worst. The combination of lack of intellect, lack of real education backgrounds, lack of experience, political leftism and their symbiotic ties to the corrupt and ruthless Democrat machine, truly is something to behold. It could be the worst demographic not only in the entire body politic but in the history of the body politic. Hell, at least the crack addicts in Detroit and Chicago collect bottles and cans to keep themselves busy. Keep all this in mind the next time you stay home in a partisan election to send messages or to prove points. When you don’t vote for the guy or lady with the “R” next to their name you’ve cast a de facto ballot for the likes of the Michigan Education Association and its brethren to be in charge of the entire country.

  • Vagabond661

    Severance is a good idea but not pay.There is something else I would volunteer to sever. And for the people defending him, would you let your kids alone with him?

    • ljcarolyne

      Really? Tar and feather is too good for this bastard. I do like the severance idea, like you said. Sure do. BTW there is still time.

  • warnertoddhuston

    No teacher that supports a union is a good teacher. Their support for the union undermines any good they might do in the classroom.

  • MunDane68

    Wow. Only here would you find someone with a background in the financial services industry complaining that some truly reprehensible individuals indicate systemic problem with the profession, rather than a just a deplorable individual.