Wayne Brightly, a teacher in one of the worst schools in NYC, paida man, who has Aspergers
, to take a test for him. Brightly had failed the test at least a few times before, and if he failed this time he risked loosing his
salary of $59,000
per year. Rubin Leitner felt pressured to take the test. He had been tutoring this teacher to pass it. Leitner was
homeless at one point, and managed to show up to the test center, be certified as Brightley, and pass the test. He did so much better
Brightly, that administrators immeadiately knew that there was a problem.
A Bronx teacher who repeatedly flunked his state certification exam paid a formerly homeless man with a developmental disorder $2 to take the test
for him, authorities said yesterday.
The illegal stand-in - who looks nothing like teacher Wayne Brightly - not only passed the high-stakes test, he scored so much better than the teacher
had previously that the state knew something was wrong, officials said.
"I was pressured into it. He threatened me," the bogus test-taker Rubin Leitner told the Daily News yesterday after Special Schools Investigator
Richard Condon revealed the scam.
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A few problems here. The first is that the school administration is completely incompetent. They couldn't even see that this man had a fake id
(given to him by Brightly). The only thing that tipped them off was that he had done well on the test. This aroused their suspicions. This isn't
good. These are the people who are supposed to expect
dramatic improvements in performance. They shouldn't, strictly speaking, be surprised
when one of their own teachers, who's job is to teach people, is finally able to have a breakthru and teach himself
The second problem here. This man was paid $59,000 a year. He's incompetent. I'm sorry, but I can no longer
listen to complaints of lack
of school funding, period. I know a lot of people who are teachers, they're honest hard working and capable. I don't even think that they are
getting paid as much as this slob and failure. This is horrible
. This guys employment is a misuse and abuse
Until the NYC schools, and all schools, are capable of spending their own money properly, I see no reason to increase their budgets or give them more
federal and state funding. You cannot educate people with hacks. You cannot educate people simply with money. I agree that teachers, good
, deserve more money. What is needed, society wide however, is not more money, but more dedicated teachers. And until those teachers are
found, until the schools start improving, why should anyone listen to the rather constant calls for more money?
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[edit on 24-3-2005 by Nygdan]