Phone call costs teacher $22K

August 13, 2009 7:51:19 AM PDT
The attorney for a New Jersey teacher says she won't appeal a $22,000 fine for making a personal call during class. The attorney says the Asbury Park High School teacher admits she made a mistake.

The 120-day salary forfeiture is based on calendar days and will be deducted from a base salary of about $70,000. That's less than a previous estimate of nearly $50,000.

Court records show the veteran performing arts teacher was covering for another teacher in 2008 when she made the cell-phone call.

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

The district bans teachers from making personal calls while performing assigned duties.

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