Although both state law and the New Jersey Constitution prohibit paying government workers not to perform the jobs they were hired for, and instead work full-time for labor unions, The Jersey City Board of Education entered into an agreement with its teachers’ union allowing just that (“The N.J. Teachers Who Get Paid Not to Teach,” The Wall Street Journal, Jan. 4). The New Jersey Supreme Court will soon rule on the issue.
Whatever the outcome, I don’t think teachers’ unions that do this realize how harmful the practice is in terms of taxpayer support. As readers of this column know, I support teachers’ unions, having participated in three strikes during the 28 years I taught in the Los Angeles Unified School District. But release time is outrageous and will only alienate taxpayers on the fence about teachers’ unions.
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