Teacher puzzler: Part-time porn star fired, semen-feeder paid off

Jan. 16,2013

By Chris Reed

It turns out that school districts in the state of California can swiftly fire teachers who engage in lewd behavior — but only if it’s a paid part-time job, not incidents in school involving students.

The Smoking Gun website has the details:

“The California teacher who was fired last year after her prior career as a porn actress was discovered by her middle school students has had her appeal unanimously rejected by a state panel that ruled that the online availability of her X-rated work ‘will continue to impede her from being an effective teacher and respected colleague.’

“In a 48-page decision, the Commission on Professional Competence ruled that Stacie Halas, 32, was unfit to continue teaching at the Richard B. Haydock Intermediate School in Oxnard. Halas, a science teacher, began working at the school in 2009, several years after her porn career ended.”

The contrast with the disgusting case of Mark Berndt at Miramonte Elementary School in south Los Angeles could not be more striking. Berndt is very credibly accused of spoon-feeding semen to blindfolded students. So what did L.A. Unified do to get rid of him? It paid him $40,000 to leave after concluding that teacher protections won over the years by United Teachers Los Angeles, a CTA affiliate, prevented his quick ouster.

Subsequently, attempts in the Legislature to make it easier to remove classroom sexual predators were blocked by CTA-allied lawmakers.

What makes this not just politics as usual but appalling is that the CTA’s reflexive justification for all that it does is that “it’s all about the kids.” Keeping sex predators in classrooms? Making it so difficult to fire perverts that they have to be paid off? “It’s all about the kids.”

Amazing. In a pathetic way.

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  1. Rex the Wonder Dog!
    Rex the Wonder Dog! 16 January, 2013, 12:30

    I have been reviewing this case this morning (including the porn) and I highly doubt the Superior Court will side with the Commission. The Commission ALWAYS finds against the teacher, for liability purposes, then it is up to an admin law judge (awful too) to fix it, and then to the Superior Court, Court of Appeal, CA Supreme Court.

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  2. SeeSaw
    SeeSaw 16 January, 2013, 12:42

    So what else is new. We have Catholic priests, who are supposed to be agents of God raping kids. Its not the occupation–its the people. I was raised around Catholic priests and nuns–I do not know that any of them were anything but good. I was public-schooled for 14 years among teachers that I respected and they were all good, as far as I know. I imagine there are a few op-ed writers who have dark sides, too.

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  3. Logs
    Logs 16 January, 2013, 16:10

    Consider the classroom disruption with her students looking at her porn during class on their phones. She will never escape it. P.S. her porn was especially perverted. Do you want your 12-14 year olds watching it?

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  4. SeeSaw
    SeeSaw 16 January, 2013, 20:39

    Of course not! I was just trying to make the case, that such behavior, whatever occupation the perpetrator comes from, is not usual for the occupation. Bad people are in all occupations. What responsible teacher would moonlight as a porn actor–or worse!

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  5. Rex the Wonder Dog!
    Rex the Wonder Dog! 16 January, 2013, 21:55

    SeeSaw says:
    … What responsible teacher would moonlight as a porn actor–or worse!

    You hot air gas bag seesaw, she was not “moonlighting”, she has been a teacher 2 years, that is 2010 when she was hired for your 3rd grade, math challenged brain, she did a few porn shoots in 2006, get a clue you clueless dork.

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  6. Thomas20
    Thomas20 17 January, 2013, 09:52

    A front page story described physical abuse of 5-year old special need child by a Brentwood Union School District teacher, resulting in a $950,000 award to the childs family. Instead of firing this teacher, she was mearly transferred to another class. The superintendent said the district “pursued all available measures to hold the employee accountable”. “Teacher dismissals are very complex, very cumbersome and it takes a lot of time.” The article described other incidents of abuse. Contrast this with the swift firing of the teacher fired for lewd behavior. It doesn’t seem equitable.

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