Seven Years After Accusations, Judge Orders Special Education Teacher Fired
A California special education teacher who was paid to do nothing for more than seven years after being accused of touching and making sexual advances toward students and co-workers should be fired, a judge says.
Matthew Kim was removed from his position as a Los Angeles high school special education teacher in 2002 after allegations surfaced that he touched the breasts of his co-workers and made inappropriate comments and advances toward students. But as Kim’s situation was reviewed, he reported to a Los Angeles Unified School District office daily and continued to earn up to $68,000 a year in compensation, even though he performed no duties.
The school district tried to terminate Kim, who has cerebral palsy, in 2003, but he appealed the case to a state board, which sided with the teacher. The case has been winding through various appeals ever since, costing the school district an estimated $2 million in teacher pay and legal expenses.
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On Tuesday, however, a Los Angeles County Superior Court judge ordered the school district to fire Kim while the appeals process continues. If he is reinstated as a teacher in the future, the school district would give Kim back pay, reports the Los Angeles Times. To read more click here.