NEW BRUNSWICK, N.J. (AP) — A New Jersey elementary school teacher has been allowed to keep his job even though he was late for work 111 times over a two-year period.
In a decision filed Aug. 19, an arbitrator criticized a claim by 15-year veteran teacher Arnold Anderson that the quality of his teaching outweighed his tardiness.
The arbitrator says Anderson was late 46 times in the most recent school year through March 20 and 65 times the previous school year.
However, the arbitrator found that the Roosevelt school district failed to give him adequate notice to correct his behavior and that Anderson is entitled to progressive discipline before being fired.
Anderson earns $90,000 a year.
The district has withheld raises for Anderson's tardiness, and Anderson will remain suspended without pay until January.