Sunday, January 25, 2015
The Legendary "Rubber Room" Teacher, Alan Rosenfeld Passes Away - Rest In Peace
I was just informed by a colleague that Alan Rosenfeld passed away from Cancer yesterday. Who was Alan Rosenfeld? He was legendary for his extended stay in the DOE's "rubber room". Alan spent eleven years away from the classroom, while collecting his full salary and increasing his pension by $1,700 every year simply because Chancellor Joel Klein decided that Mr. Rosenfeld should not be with students. This was called "Chancellor's discretion" and Alan was one of a handful of teachers and guidance counselors (ranging from 6 to 10) who the DOE's Office of Legal Services has kept out of the classroom since 2001.
What terrible things were Alan Rosenfeld accused of doing? In 2001, he was accused of telling one student that she loved him because she liked to talk to him. Also the DOE claimed he stared at the girls and leered at their butts, and made frequent lewd comments to female students. The independent arbitrator threw out most of the charges as being unfounded hearsay and found Mr. Rosenfeld guilty of only masking an inappropriate comment to a student (the you love me comment). His punishment? He was suspended one week without pay. Yes, just one week! Somehow, Chancellor Joel Klein and SCI decided that Alan Rosenfield was a dangerous sexual predator and he, along with five other educators, were not allowed to reenter the classroom again., They were the original "Chancellor discretion" list that still exists today under the three Chancellors after Joel Klein.
Alan Rosenfeld was targeted because he was quite cantankerous and questioned many of the decisions by the new school administrators and since he was a veteran teacher and considered a "troublemaker" by the administration, they were looking for something, anything, to have Mr. Rosenfeld removed from the school. During his more than a decade tenure in the infamous "rubber room", Alan was able to work on his vast real estate holdings and ignored the futile attempts by the DOE to leak out damaging and embarrassing information to the local newspapers about Alan and others on the "Chancellor's discretion" list.
When Alan reached the age of 66, his full Social Security age, he decided it was time to finally retire with an Final Average Salary of $100,049 and a pension of $85,000, or so reported by the New York Post.
Rest in Peace Alan with the knowledge that you beat the DOE by making lemonade out of the lemon they served you with..