Dear LA Teacher,
Last week my Algebra teacher disappeared. Cynthia (name changed), a girl in my class, got a bad grade so she reported the teacher to the principal saying he molested her, which was a complete lie. Now all we get are dumb substitutes who know less Algebra than Cynthia. Where did my teacher go and when will he come back?
Dear Upset Student,
Your teacher went to Teacher Jail. Its inmates refer to it as “the rubber room”. According to the December 6, 2012 LA Weekly article by Hillel Aron, teachers read, watch movies on smart phones, or play scrabble. Their average stay is approximately 127 days as they draw from salaries averaging $67,000 a year.
Today there are about 300 LAUSD employees sitting in 5 rubber rooms throughout the school district. They start their day at 8:00 AM and leave at 3:00 PM. If Teacher Jail is booked, accused educators are being paid to stay at home.
Teacher Jail gained popularity soon after the Miramonte Scandal in January 2012 when a popular teacher was charged with 23 acts of molesting his elementary school children.
Teachers are housed in Teacher Jail until they are fully investigated. If a teacher is found to have endangered the well being of a child, he or she will be put on a track for dismissal; if found innocent, the teacher is returned to the classroom.
It is appalling how much teacher brainpower is being wasted by the school district. These teachers could be used throughout the district to tutor students in need in rooms monitored by a credentialed administrator. They could develop educational programs, help other teachers with their paperwork, or write copy for the district. Letting professional educators atrophy in Teacher Jail is pure stupidity.
LA Teacher hopes your Algebra teacher returns to the classroom soon.