Contract Allows Teachers to Be Drunk 5 Times – On Drugs 3 Times – Before Being Fired

Bay City, Michigan Teachers can come to work drunk five times before they are fired.
They can even sell drugs to kids and not get fired.

Page 92 of the Bay City, Michigan Public Schools Contract

Michigan Capitol Confidential reported:

Forget zero tolerance. Bay City Public School teachers for years could be caught repeatedly under the influence of illegal drugs or alcohol without being fired.

Teachers in possession or under the influence of illegal drugs could be caught three times before they lost their job, and they got five strikes if they were drunk on school grounds before being fired. A school district official said the language in the union contract that protects teachers for those instances “was incorporated into the teacher Master Agreement in 1997.”

Those protections also were included in the Bay City Education Association teacher’s contract that was agreed to in January in section 16.1300 “Controlled Substances” on page 92. That contract expired June 30 and negotiations on a new contract are ongoing.

Students weren’t given as many chances. The code of conduct for middle school and high school students states that if they are found to be under the influence or in possession of illegal drugs, they get a 5-day suspension or a 3-day suspension with counseling on the first offense.

A teacher caught selling drugs in class would get a 3-day suspension without pay with mandatory counseling, but wouldn’t be fired unless the teacher did it a second time.

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  • snap boy

    There oughta be a law – no public employee, teacher, cop, or paper pusher gets a second strike on drugs/alcohol.

  • Remco Kimber

    Yep, that’s bad alright. And it could get a whole lot worse.

    Appearing on the Nov ballot in Michigan is a MI constitutional amendment that will give public employee unions the right – yes, the right – to override laws enacted by the MI legislature if those laws contravene union labor demands.

    Think I’m kidding in this, that MI voters are being asked to create a new SUPRA legislature just for unions? Read the sad story in,
    Shikha Dalmia: The Next Battleground in the State Labor Wars

    And unbelievably still, the measure has had good polling. It might actually pass!

  • Highlander

    Unbelievable … unions are so great for America, aren’t they?

  • Patty

    I love when educators give excuses for the failure of government schools.

    “California scores declined this year on the SAT test used by many colleges to screen applicants, according to a release from the state Department of Education.

    But the pool of high school seniors taking the test grew — which may have accounted for the lower average scores.”

    If the government schools were working, then all the students would be succeeding, instead of bringing scores down.

    Then the educators became racist. Why are the scores down? “And for the first time, Latinos were the largest ethnic group taking the test in California.”

    Sounds racist to me—isn’t that what President Obama would say?

    SAT scores down, participation up

    Daniel Weintraub, Healthy Cal, 9/24/12

    California scores declined this year on the SAT test used by many colleges to screen applicants, according to a release from the state Department of Education.

    But the pool of high school seniors taking the test grew — which may have accounted for the lower average scores. And for the first time, Latinos were the largest ethnic group taking the test in California.

    Overall, nearly 70 percent of the students from public high schools in the Class of 2012 who took the test were minorities. Thirty-six percent were Latino, 29 percent were white, 22 percent were Asian and 7 percent were African American.

    Nearly half of those who took the test said that English was not exclusively their first language.

    The mean writing score decreased 3 points to 491 for the Class of 2012 compared to a year earlier; the mean critical reading scores dropped 3 points to 491, and the mean math score dropped 3 points to 510.

  • iamsaved

    The same school district probably suspends a 5 year old for bringing a toy soldier to class or for giving a fellow kindergartner a hug.

  • BuddyG

    If at first you don’t succeed, try, try, try, try, again.

  • Patty

    What about perverts. Do they get a second or third chance. And what about the falsified testing using minorities. There is all sorts of fraud and criminal in the Education System, I mean we rank like 20 in Education in the world.

    SO FIX IT!!

  • Patty


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    “This is significant because labor unions are some of the biggest beneficiaries of taxpayer-funded jobs,” says O’Keefe. “If they’re intentionally propping up paper jobs, then they’re complicit in the fleecing of taxpayers.”

    The latest video from Project Veritas captures Newark SEIU President Rahaman Muhammad laying out in explicit terms the nature of the relationship between his union and lawmakers like Democrat Senator Robert Menendez.

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  • Blue Hen

    This is proof that this is a patronage/jobs program. Education has little to do with it.

  • paul52

    Remember the Bay City “Rollers”? Guess they’re back…. Taught for 25 years. One incidence like this and out the door; tenure or not.

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  • dwdude

    c’mon you racist bigots! the union has to represent all teachers, even ones who live in the hood.

  • Blacque Jacques Shellacque

    What I’m curious about is if the negotiators for the school system knew this crap was in the contract. Too many times, stupid little details like these get lost in the haggling over something more prominent, and as time goes on and the dispute drags out, the pressure builds for some sort of agreement and someone (in this case the school system) finally shouts uncle and gives in.

    On the other hand, if they did know this was in the contract, then the only reason I can think of would be as some sort of favor to the union to keep the peace for an extended period of time. (the being-eaten-last-by-the-alligator approach)

  • SDude

    Weird how it is different in other states…I’ve heard of teachers in Missouri getting fired because they went to a ballgame, had a beer, a friend took a picture of the teacher holding the beer and the friend posted it on their Facebook page and the friend tagged the teacher. The school saw this teacher’s picture and dismissed the teacher.

    However in the Bay City Public School, the teacher can only be discharged if the teacher has been caught five times with alcohol, drugs, or tobacco on the school premises or at a school function.

    But then again, I’ve heard rumors about administrators (i.e. principals) getting a stripper bus and riding around in it, and taking it to a high school sporting event. Nothing is really shocking in the school system anymore.

  • kato

    When you’ve got institutions contaminated with subprimers, you’ve got to have lots of crutches.

    Remember: Your average subprime adult can’t even get a photo ID.

    And these people demand respect!

  • Miller Time

    ……and a partridge in a pear tree!

  • Petra Pan

    So, is Fairy Obama going to lend all the perps his breath-a-lizer

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  • Patty

    Not sure if this is relevant or not here: But it does speak sharply on our education and our children of today. I wondered how many people in the school system allows their faculty to abuse our children and turn a blind I because they was they condone teachers behavior.


    Now for this article. Clarifies a great deal.

    Guilt and Innocence

    During the interminable days of baseball’s All Star break came news of Louis Freeh’s report on Penn State’s involvement with the heinous crimes of assistant coach Jerry Sandusky. It seems that Joe Paterno, the once-beloved coach of the Nittany Lions, knew for years about Sandusky’s crimes and did little or nothing to stop them. Many have called for the NCAA to invoke the so-called death penalty on the school’s football program, but the loudest cries have come from those who want to “tear down that statue” of Paterno that stands outside of Beaver Stadium on campus; an empty and silly gesture, typical of those who strain at gnats and swallow camels.

    In the wake of the Penn State mess, the unanimous war cry across the nation has been: “We have a moral responsibility to protect our kids; we must preserve the innocence of our children!” Are they kidding? Can they be serious? How can our children be innocent or protected in a country that, rather than defining deviancy down, has defined deviancy up; up to the level of not only acceptance, but approval.[………………….]

    How can innocence survive in any of our citizens — let alone the youngest and most vulnerable — when our very laws now define classes of people based solely on their sexual proclivities? No, the innocence of our children cannot be preserved until it is restored.

    If we really cared about our children we would stop teaching filth and perversion in our public schools by brainwashing them to believe it is good for Heather to have anything other than one Mommy and one Daddy who are married to each other. We would stop promoting the idea that free and unfettered sex is beneficial for them in any way and stop glorifying it on TV, using children as straight men for any number of unfunny and repulsive sexual jokes.

    Sandusky and others who physically assault the bodies of our children are indeed monsters, but as the lynching parties assemble, let them broaden their gaze to include those who wound the innate innocence of our children’s souls.