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Call to cost NJ teacher more than $50K

August 11, 2009 7:02:58 AM PDT
New Jersey's education commissioner says a teacher should forfeit more than $50,000 pay for making a four-minute personal call during class. However, Desly Getty won't lose her job as a performing arts teacher at Asbury Park High School.

Court records show Getty was covering for another teacher for 45 minutes in 2008 when she called suspended superintendent Antonio Lewis.

A student recorded two students dancing while she was on the phone and posted it on YouTube.

Getty went back to the class the next day to question students after she had learned about the video.

The teacher was reprimanded.

Asbury Park prohibits teachers from making personal calls while performing assigned duties.

Getty can appeal the ruling.


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