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Despite sexually loaded behavior, NY School stymied in firing teacher

Posted on | February 26, 2012 | 1 Comment

Democrat & Chronicle (Rochester, NY):

For years, teacher Valerie Yarn sent unwanted sexually suggestive letters, emails and presents to her bosses in the Rochester School District.

Yet even after she spent time in jail for violating a court order one principal obtained against her, court records show that Yarn was able to keep her job as a physical education teacher. It was not long, school officials say, before she turned her unwanted advances on a new target — her students — forcing them to remove their shirts and bras in gym class, saying that she needed to conduct a physical evaluation….

The case underscores the difficulty New York school systems face removing problem teachers from the classroom. State law and union contracts make it difficult to remove tenured teachers from their positions, even in cases that involve misconduct with students. Hearings seeking termination can drag on for years and cost districts thousands of dollars, ultimately deterring many from going through the process.


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One Response to “Despite sexually loaded behavior, NY School stymied in firing teacher”

  1. Glenn B
    March 2nd, 2012 @ 10:31 am

    It is strange that they allowed her to continue to have contact with students after the first allegations of sexual misconduct. NY schools (at least in some areas of the state) have what are essentially ‘rubber rooms’ for such teachers, places they report to for work but where they have no students and no duties except to be there. Why do they have these? Because of the unions and ultra leftist laws that allow these scum to keep their jobs almost no matter what. At least in the isolation areas, they do not get to interact with children.

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