Teacher who spoon fed his semen to students -
Posted 02 February 2012 - 07:38 PM
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Posted 03 February 2012 - 05:32 PM
The guy's a total scumbag and given the evidence against him I'm assuming he's going to be found guilty, but I wouldn't like the idea of the school being able to revoke someone's pension simply because a person was accused of inappropriate behavior without any burden of proof. Right now he's still innocent until proven guilty in the eyes of the law. I hope that there is a clause that if a teacher is found guilty of inappropriate/sexual behavior or abuse towards children (particularly those in his class) that his pension can be revoked. Even if there's not a specific clause, I wonder if they'll be able to sue him for breech of contract or failure to protect or some of the other dozens of laws teachers have to follow.
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Posted 05 February 2012 - 12:07 AM
And guess what! - another teacher from the same school is now arrested.
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Posted 08 February 2012 - 02:34 AM
Mark: If he's found guilty in court, he'll be in prison for a very long time. Kind of hard to spend his $4,000 a month pension when he'll be spending it in jail...hopefully with inmates who will know he's a pervert, and what crimes he's convicted of. Perhaps he'll get a taste of...ah never mind. You know what I'm thinking! He was allowed to keep his pension because during the time the district was making a decision on firing him, the accused Mark Berndt, was SOMEHOW allowed to "resign". That somehow sealed the his pension's payout.
From the link Nittany posted above...
As the Los Angeles Times reports, Berndt will receive $4,000 a month in pension for life from the California State Teachers' Retirement System as well as lifetime health benefits from the district.
More follow-ups to this situation have occurred since Nittany posted this thread, however. It seems another teacher in the same school district, in the SAME SCHOOL has been brought up on sexual charges!
Also, the original suspect, Mark Berndt, was accused of fondling a 10 or 11 year old girl 18 years ago, yet the L.A. Unified School District let him keep his job?
This school district needs a thorough investigation! Guess what? My wish came true two days ago according to this report... http://blogs.laweekl...use_scandal.php
It appeared to be a move to appease angry parents, who pulled one out of every four students from school today:
The 1,500-student campus in the country's second-largest district is closing tomorrow and Wednesday as the investigation continues.
Also related to this school district's troubles... http://www.laweekly....-of-the-lemons/ ...that link discusses why this particular school district has such a hard time firing it's bad employees, and how much money they've spent trying to fire them.
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Posted 08 February 2012 - 04:36 AM
Posted 08 February 2012 - 09:46 AM
Another Democrat leaning Independent that has to search for truth because it can't be found on Fox News OR MSNBC.
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Posted 10 February 2012 - 12:24 PM
LAUSD paid $40,000 to settle case with Miramonte teacher Mark Berndt
"We have no control over whether an employee in the dismissal process can resign or not," said LAUSD general counsel David Holmquist "That's completely up to them."
The District decided to pay Berndt the retroactive salary and attorneys' fees to avoid potentially greater costs down the road, said Holmquist. He said that if the District had refused to pay, Berndt could have gone to Superior Court seeking the money, and an eventual ruling against the District could have cost LAUSD even more.
Superintendent John Deasy said he was not familiar with the settlement documents, but that everybody appeals a dismissal. “I don’t authorize settlements, the legal department does with the Board,” Deasy said.
It is not unusual for the board to settle dismissal cases, which are often appealed by teachers and can drag on for years....
My sympathy is with the parents outraged at the loss of the entire staff and the kids sobbing over the loss of their innocent favorite teachers. I'm disgusted by the cynical district spokesflunky who plans to wait them out.
BTW that plan to put in a new staff of temps every 20 has nothing to do with student safety. Temps get a 35% boost in pay on Day 21.
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