Wayne Brightly earned $59,000 a year as a New York City teacher, despite repeatedly failing his certification test. After 13 years of teaching, he was about to lose his job, unless he could get a passing score. He turned to his tutor, who suffers from a form of autism, reports the New York Daily News.
A Bronx teacher who repeatedly flunked his state certification exam paid a formerly homeless man with a developmental disorder $2 to take the test for him, authorities said yesterday.
The illegal stand-in — who looks nothing like teacher Wayne Brightly — not only passed the high-stakes test, he scored so much better than the teacher had previously that the state knew something was wrong, officials said.
Brightly taught at one of the city’s lowest-performing schools.
When The News went to Brightly’s Mount Vernon home yesterday, a man who strongly resembled him insisted Leitner took the test on his own. The man, who appeared to be in his late 30s, denied being Brightly – saying he was the teacher’s son.
The teacher is 38. He is tall, thin and black; his sub, Rubin Leitner, is 58, short, overweight and white. Nobody noticed till Leitner aced the test.
A seventh grader at Brightly’s old school has an idea. “The homeless man needs to be the teacher,” Imani Andrews said.
Via Education Gadfly.