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Milking the System

Elizabeth Ferguson, 36, had a great week: she was hired as a teacher at S.P. Morton Elementary School in Franklin, Va., and allowed to report to work to start teaching first grade, pending a background check. It sure beat the previous week, when she had been arrested on two felony warrants charging her with distributing heroin a year before. School officials didn’t bother filing the background check request with the police department for a month, and it took three and a half weeks for the state police to process it. When results finally came back two weeks after that, Ferguson was suspended — with pay. By then she had already been in the classroom for more than two months. Ferguson resigned — effective when her paid suspension was over. (RC/WTKR Norfolk, Franklin Tidewater News) ...Don’t worry, taxpayers: it’s not like we pay beginning teachers very much anyway.
Original Publication Date: 18 January 2015
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