Saginaw pays to get rid of teacher

SAGINAW, Mich. - The Saginaw School District will pay more than $65,000 to rid itself of a teacher accused of poor classroom behavior, according to The Saginaw News.

The district will pay $42,000 for Teri Dinsmore's salary through the end of 2008 and her benefits until next June in a separation package negotiated by lawyers from the Michigan Education Association school employees union, The News reported. The district already has spent $23,000 to pay Dinsmore and substitute teachers since she was suspended last spring.

Dinsmore has been suspended or reprimanded at least six times since 2004, The News reported. The district could have spent more than $100,000 had it pursued firing her, which would have involved hearings before the Teacher Tenure Commission.

The Saginaw News, "Saginaw schools pay $65,000 in settlement to keep teacher out of the classroom," Aug. 22, 2008

Mackinac Center for Public Policy, "Reforming Teacher Tenure Practices" in "A Teacher Quality Primer," June 30, 2008