By Victor Skinner
HERCULES, Calif. – California middle school teacher Allen Goodman has a lot of explaining to do.
The 66-year-old employee of Hercules Middle/High School totally biffed it this week when he allegedly left his car running in the staff parking lot. When police were called in to identify the vehicle, they found more than a pound of pot and $4,200, CBS reports.
“Police arrived and found an unlocked gray Honda with temporary license plates. An officer had dispatchers run the vehicle identification number” to identify the owner, according to the news site.
“The officer also checked the glove compartment for identifying information, and found a sandwich bag containing a green leafy material – later determined to be marijuana – as well as another sandwich bag containing four rolls of cash, according to police.”
It doesn’t take much imagination to realize what Goodman was up to. Police searched his home, and found more evidence of marijuana sales and cultivation, as well as another stash of cash.
Goodman is now at the Martinez Detention Facility on $22,500 bail facing charges of possession of marijuana for sale and possession of marijuana by an adult on school grounds, CBS reports.
The news report doesn’t say whether Goodman was fired from his job, but the public can safely assume that he will never have direct supervision over students again, right?
Not necessarily. Believe it or not, some teachers union contracts actually stipulate that school officials cannot fire a teacher until they have caught them selling drugs to students on more than one occasion.
It’s not a sick joke. The Mackinac Center for Public Policy reports that Michigan’s Bay City school district just recently updated this absurdly forgiving policy.
For the past 15 years, Bay City school employees would have to have come to work on drugs on three separate occasions or show up drunk on five separate occasions before school officials could fire them, under the terms of the teachers contract.
Employees who sold drugs to students were given a 3-day suspension without pay and ordered to go through mandatory counseling sessions, but couldn’t be fired unless they repeated the offense.
Michigan state tenure reform in 2011 nullified the provision for teachers, but it still applies for librarians, guidance counselors, school nurses and other employees.
We don’t think Goodman, or any school employee with drugs at school, deserves a second chance.