Alvin Penez Taylor, a fired Alabama teacher, is scheduled to go on trial today for the criminal rape of a student.
Since his March 2005 dismissal, Mr. Taylor has not only continued to reap paychecks, but he’s even received two raises, thanks to a law backed by a teachers union. In the two and one-half years since Mr. Taylor has taught, he has received nearly $100,000 in pay—money that could have gone toward books, supplies, or raises for good, working teachers who keep their hands off students.
“Do you send a person to prison before they’re convicted?” quipped Paul Hubbert, director of the Alabama Education Association, the state’s NEA affiliate, defending Mr. Taylor’s pay for non-performance arrangement. “You don’t take people’s property or liberty without due process.”