Teacher Who Was Late for Work 111 Times Keeps Job

NEW BRUNSWICK, N.J. (AP) -

An elementary school teacher is allowed to keep his job even though he was late 111 times over a two-year period.

In a decision filed Aug. 19, an arbitrator rejected an attempt by the Roosevelt Elementary School to fire 15-year veteran Arnold Anderson from his $90,000-a-year job, saying he was entitled to progressive discipline.

Anderson was late 46 times in the most recent school year and 65 times in the previous year. But the arbitrator criticized his claim that the quality of his teaching outweighed his tardiness.

He relied on “micro-quibbles of a few unpersuasive explanations, with a macro-default position that even when he is late he nevertheless delivers a superb educational experience to his grateful students.”