Late for work 111 times

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) -- An elementary school teacher who was allowed to keep his job despite being late for work 111 times in two years said Friday that breakfast is to blame for his tardiness.

"I have a bad habit of eating breakfast in the morning and I lost track of time," 15-year veteran teacher Arnold Anderson told The Associated Press.

New Jersey school teacher Arnold Anderson kept his job
despite being late to work 111 times in two years

In a decision filed Aug. 19, an arbitrator in New Jersey rejected an attempt by the Roosevelt Elementary School to fire Anderson from his $90,000-a-year job, saying he was entitled to progressive discipline. But the arbitrator also criticized Anderson's claim that the quality of his teaching outweighed his tardiness.

He was late 46 times in the most recent school year through March 20 and 65 times in the previous school year, the arbitrator said.

"I have to cut out eating breakfast at home," he said Friday.

The guy has a government job: he teaches elementary school. He makes $90,000 a year, works maybe five days a week at most, gets the summer off, and can't get to work on time? He's constantly "tardy for the party", late for work over 100 times, and he still has his job? And he gets a guaranteed pension and benefits too? And taxpayers are footing the bill?

And you wonder why the government-run educational system in America sucks?