compiled & edited by Daniel Hagadorn
Though many teachers are noble individuals who sincerely desire to make a difference, some are just in it for the money.
A recent article by Susan Edelman, “Disgraced teacher is worth $10M, makes $100,000 a year, does nothing, & refuses to leave”, New York Post (29 January 2012), profiled the undisputed poster child for the “no-matter-how-many-bad-things-you-do-and-even-if-you’re-grossly-incompetent-lifetime-employment-protection” plan, otherwise known as tenure.
In 2001, middle-school typing teacher, Alan Rosenfeld, 66, was accused of making lewd comments and ogling 8th-grade female students at IS 347 in Queens, New York. Unfortunately, the Department of Education (DOE) failed to produce enough witnesses to charge him—but instead of returning Rosenfeld to the classroom, he was assigned to one of the DOE’s notorious “rubber rooms” where disgraced teachers facing disciplinary charges are literally paid to watch TV, read the newspaper, or nap.
This obnoxious policy was changed in June 2010, and teachers were reassigned to various administrative offices and tasked with answering phones, filing, and photocopying. (Rosenfeld was “permanently reassigned” to the Division of School Facilities, in a Long Island City warehouse).
Since New York City has no mandatory retirement age Rosenfeld has shamelessly refused to retire since there is really no incentive for him to do so. After all, thanks to an iron-clad teacher’s union contract…
- Rosenfeld hasn’t been allowed in a classroom for more than a decade, but still collects $100,049 a year in city salary—plus health benefits, a lucrative pension, and vacation/sick pay (100 days thus far).
- Rosenfeld is one of six fellow teachers who collectively cost New York City taxpayers $650,000 a year in salary alone.
- Rosenfeld could have retired four years ago at 62, but his pension increases by $1,700 for every year he remains—even without teaching. If he quit today, his estimated annual pension would “only” be $85,400.
Edelman interviewed a friend of Rosenfeld’s that revealed with crystal clarity precisely the sort of person Alan Rosenfeld is…
- When explaining Rosenfeld’s refusal to retire: “It’s an F-U. He’s happy about it, and very proud that he beat the system. This is a great show-up-but-don’t-do-anything job.”
- When describing Rosenfeld’s “work” responsibilities: “[Rosenfeld] laughingly replied, ‘Oh, I Xeroxed something the other day.’”
- When asked why Rosenfeld remained on the job when he could have retired at 62 with an $85,400 pension: “Why not make it bigger?”
Remember the name Alan Rosenfeld, which is repeated exactly 16 times in this post. His name should become synonymous with all that is wrong in our present system.
NOTE: Although Alan Rosenfeld and the government school system that keeps him employed are nauseating examples professional negligence, he is a choir boy compared to Roland Pierre who finally retired in 2011 at age 76—14 years after being removed from PS 138 in Brooklyn, New York. Criminal charges filed in 1997 accused him of molesting a 6th-grade girl and were later dropped. He was rewarded with an annual pension of $97,101.