'$leazy 6' of rubber room
Creep teachers cost 540G a year
By SUSAN EDELMAN and CYNTHIA R. FAGEN
Last Updated: 7:05 AM, February 14, 2010
Posted: 3:33 AM, February 14, 2010
Taxpayers are on the hook for more than $540,000 a year in salaries for
six rubber-room teachers who have been legally cleared to return to
class -- but will never go back because the schools chancellor believes
they're too dangerous.
All six public-school teachers have been benched for years over alleged
Overall, the city Department of Education has put some 550 fully paid
teachers in limbo, crammed into "rubber rooms" as they wait for their
misconduct cases to be adjudicated, costing taxpayers $30 million a
But these six have either completed their punishments or had their
cases dismissed -- sometimes on technicalities -- and remain on the
payroll. The DOE says such tenured teachers are almost impossible to
The Post recently exposed the misdeeds of two teachers exiled to rubber
rooms "at the chancellor's discretion."
Typing teacher Alan Rosenfeld, 64, pulled in $100,049 a year while he
practiced law and oversaw his $7 million in real-estate properties. A
DOE arbitrator had suspended him for a week for lewdness, telling one
eighth-grader, "You have a sexy body,"
Francisco Olivares, 60, rakes in $94,154 a year. He allegedly
impregnated a 16-year-old he first met when she was 13 at IS 61 in
Corona, Queens. He was also accused
of molesting three girls. His criminal conviction was
overturned on a technicality.
Joining them on the dishonor roll is computer teacher George Addison,
40, who makes $80,695 a year. He was accused
of allegedly shoving his hand down the pants of a 15-year-old
special-ed pupil in 2003. Years after his criminal case
was dismissed, he still hasn't picked up piece of chalk.
Music teacher Aryeh Eller,
43, first appeared on DOE radar in 1998 when a Hillcrest HS student
complained about the way he hugged her and made suggestive
comments. He told another pupil, "You have a nice ass."
failed to act, according to a report by then-Special Schools
Investigator Ed Stancik, who called it a "missed opportunity to remove
a problem teacher from the system."
Eller returned to the classroom, only to be accused a year
later of becoming infatuated with a student, telling her "she
would make a good wife."
He was exiled to the rubber room in 2003.
DOE spokeswoman Ann Forte said, "The department tried to terminate this
teacher, but the arbitrator
dismissed the case on a technicality. The chancellor was not
willing to put him back in a classroom."
Other members of the dirty half-dozen include guidance counselor Radharaman
Upadhyaya, who collects $102,852 a year despite having served a
three-day suspension for failing to report his arrest for alleged sexual
abuse of a student at his home; and science instructor Wayne Miller,
who pulls down $78,039 a year after he was arrested for allegedly
sexually assaulting a child, sources said. His case was
The following educators were legally cleared to return to the classroom
after facing accusations of wrongdoing but remain idle in “rubber
rooms” at the chancellor’s discretion, at a cost to taxpayers of
Department of Education in NYC, one can be deemed guilty even if found