NYC Teacher Banned from Classroom, Still Paid $100K a Year, Won’t Retire
Disgraced New York City teacher Alan Rosenfeld has been banished from the classroom for more than a decade, yet still receives an annual salary of $100,049 along with a bulky package of benefits, including health insurance, a generous pension, and vacation and sick pay. Deemed a danger to students, the 66-year-old teacher was accused in 2001 of making vulgar comments and inappropriately gawking at eighth-grade female students in a Queens public school.
A millionaire businessman, attorney, and licensed real estate broker, Rosenfeld administers a $10-million real estate portfolio. While expelled from the classroom, he keeps busy managing his law practice and handling his numerous investment properties.
Rosenfeld had the opportunity to retire at age 62 but, as a friend told the New York Post, to Rosenfeld “it’s an F-U” to the school system,” as his $85,400 pension swells by $1,700 every year he stays — without him taking a step into the classroom. Moreover, he will be paid for 100 unused sick days when he finally decides to retire. “He’s happy about it, and very proud that he beat the system,” the friend added. “This is a great show-up-but-don’t-do-anything job.”
Instead of sending Rosenfeld back to the classroom, the Department of Education (DOE) stationed him in one of New York’s infamous “rubber rooms,” where disgraced teachers in sexual harassment and a slew of other misconduct cases were kept. As the Huffington Post reported in June 2009, hundreds of New York City public school teachers charged with insubordination and even sexual misconduct were being “paid their full salaries to sit around all day playing Scrabble, surfing the Internet or just staring at the wall, if that’s what they [wanted] to do.” These rubber rooms, formally referred to as reassignment centers, plagued New York taxpayers until they were disbanded in 2010 and teachers in the rooms were reassigned administrative duties such as filing, photocopying, and answering phone calls. When asked what sort of work he did in these offices, Rosenfeld airily replied, “Oh, I Xeroxed something the other day.”