Tellingly, many of the anecdotes Campbell Brown outlines aren’t he said/she said stories where the guilt is in question; instead, the arbitrator will actually find the teacher guilty, and then give an absurdly low sentence (the example of William Scharbach is particularly telling). Why?
For many arbitrators, their livelihood depends on pleasing the unions (whether the United Federation of Teachers in New York City, or other local unions). And the unions—believing that they are helping the cause of teachers by being weak on sexual predators—prefer suspensions and fines, and not dismissal, for teachers charged with inappropriate sexual conduct. The effects of this policy are mounting.