Convicted of third-degree rape, a Tacoma middle-school principal remains on the payroll. Harold Wright Jr. was convicted earlier this month of helping a friend rape a 19-year-old woman. He refuses to resign, reports the Tacoma News-Tribune.
. . . Wright, 36, continues to collect his $8,245-a-month salary, something heâ€™s been doing since February, when he was first charged. So far, the district appears to have paid him at least $45,000 for time he wasnâ€™t working. There are not many other jobs where commission of a felony can earn the perpetrator a sweet paid vacation.
But in Washingtonâ€™s public schools â€“ all public schools, not just Tacomaâ€™s â€“ even convictions for grave crimes do not permit administrators to simply fire the convicts. State law explicitly gives all educators the right to a potentially lengthy process of responses, hearings and appeals.
Washington legislators should change the law to make it easier to boot the next felon principal.