A New Jersey teacher will keep his job even though he was late for work 111 times over a two-year period. An arbitrator criticized Arnold Anderson's claim that the quality of his teaching outweighed his tardiness.
However, the arbitrator found the city of New Brunswick School District failed to give him adequate notice to correct his behavior and the 15-year classroom veteran is entitled to progressive discipline prior to termination.
According to the arbitrator, the Roosevelt School Principal meticulously tracked Anderson's "cascades of tardiness", and said that none were plausibly explained.
The arbitrator's decision stated: "At most, Respondent uses 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."
The arbitrator, David L. Gregory, ruled that despite Anderson not having credible explanations for his tardiness, he is entitled to "due process and fundamental fairness."
Gregory then stated that Anderson should be allowed to return to work in full pay status on the first day of scheduled classes following January 1, 2016.
With the Associated Press