Wednesday, May 6, 2009

LAUSD Pays Teachers NOT To Teach...

photo and caption from the LAT: Tenured teacher Matthew Kim, who has severe cerebral palsy and has been repeatedly accused of sexual harassment, continues to collect $68,000 a year from L.A. Unified. (Liz O. Baylen / Los Angeles Times)

from the LAT:

For seven years, the Los Angeles Unified School District has paid Matthew Kim a teaching salary of up to $68,000 per year, plus benefits.

His job is to do nothing.

Every school day, Kim's shift begins at 7:50 a.m., with 30 minutes for lunch, and ends when the bell at his old campus rings at 3:20 p.m. He is to take off all breaks, school vacations and holidays, per a district agreement with the teacher's union. At no time is he to be given any work by the district or show up at school.

He has never missed a paycheck.

In the jargon of the school district, Kim is being "housed" while his fitness to teach is under review. A special education teacher, he was removed from Grant High School in Van Nuys and assigned to a district office in 2002 after the school board voted to fire him for allegedly harassing teenage students and colleagues. In the meantime, the district has spent more than $2 million on him in salary and legal costs.

You can read the rest of the article here. Try not to get sick.... good luck.

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