Dozens of teachers placed on unpaid leave for allegedly using fake vaccination cards

NEW YORK — Dozens of New York City public school teachers are set to be fired after allegedly submitting fake proof of COVID vaccination.

The teachers’ union, however, is threatening to file a complaint.

These dozens of teachers will not return to class after spring break, but will instead be placed on unpaid leave.

“I’m really disappointed to hear that there were fake vaccination cards. Not only is it illegal, but it undermines all of our trust,” Mayor Eric Adams said.

The Department of Education says fewer than 100 employees are affected, but did not explain how it determined the vaccination cards were fake, adding only that law enforcement is investigating.

“It’s not safe for our children, for us too,” parent Jazmin Mendez told CBS2’s Aundrea Cline-Thomas.

“People have been rigging charts since the pandemic started. It’s nothing new, and for the DOE to only find out now, it’s too little, too late,” parent Moe Green said.

In a statement, the United Federation of Teachers said the charges are based on “unproven allegations”, adding that cutting teachers’ salaries before showing evidence is “a clear violation of the fundamental notion of due process”.

“I don’t support any fraudulent or illegal activity, but I understand when people feel desperate,” said Michael Kane, founder of Teachers for Choice.

In February, after 14 years as a teacher, Kane was among 900 education workers to lose their jobs for failing to follow the city’s vaccination mandate, a law Adams says is not changing despite certain exemptions. .

“Now we have Eric Adams saying if you’re a well-paid entertainer or athlete you don’t have to follow this rule, but if you’re working class you do,” Kane said. “What we have now is not public health. We have class warfare.”

But as COVID cases rise again in the city, so does the threat.

The teachers’ union threatened to sue if the Department for Education did not reverse its decision by the end of the day.

Former Mayor Bill de Blasio instituted a Vaccination Mandate for School and Other City Employees in the Falltriggering several unsuccessful legal challenges.


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