Fired Teacher's Reinstatement Appealed

Neshaminy teacher who was fired after she was accused of shoplifting must be reinstated, a judge recently ruled.

A judge recently ruled that Maple Point Middle School teacher Tara Buskewas must be reinstated to her position by the end of the month.

However, the Neshaminy School District has filed an appeal in Commonwealth Court to protest the judge's decision, PhillyBurbs.com reports.

Richie Webb, school board president, told the website the judge should have not heard her appeal. He said she invoked her right to appeal the decision to either the school board or courts.

"The law allows her to choose one or the other, but not both. She chose the former," Webb said in a June 2012 press release.

Buskewas was arrested and charged with retail theft and receiving stolen property in 2012 and took part in a Accelerated Rehabilitation Disposition program, court records show. If the seventh and eighth grade Family and Consumer Science instructor stays out of trouble, the ARD program for first first-time offenders will clear her record of the theft charges.

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concerned citizen February 19, 2013 at 11:03 AM
As if the school doesnt have enough problems of their own in being theives and ripping the taxpayers who have no kids off and fighting with unions! Why do they need to interfer with someones personal buisoness? It wasnt a school matter that the teacher was arrested for so why make things worse, maybe the tracher isnt paid enough because the board steals their salaries for their own gain? The teacher learned a pesson and is paying back through the court for what happened. Thats punishment enough! Leave the teacher alone and mind your own business!
former teacher February 19, 2013 at 01:02 PM
Concerned - for whom are you concerned? Should teachers be held to a higher standard like all in public service?
VICTORIA MILLER February 19, 2013 at 02:12 PM
Tricia February 19, 2013 at 04:53 PM
That higher standard stuff is bull. People are people first thats a poor excuse to nail someone to the wall bc of that higher standard crap. If your a parent shouldn't you be held to a higher standard and that's the most important job in the world, so at what point should we shovel higher standard. She broke the law she paid her debt. Some forgave the pope for being a Nazi how does he fit in there.
Capt. Obvious February 19, 2013 at 05:41 PM
by the same logic, we should allow felons who did their time to own guns again some day? Just because she "paid her debt" (when? she got ARD, which means they pretty much just forgave her first offense), it doesn't correct the problem that got her to this point to begin with. If she wants to go back to teaching, I think she needs some time working with a professional to make sure she's competant to be back in charge of children.
Tricia February 19, 2013 at 06:29 PM
Thats rather a poor sense of logic. Is there ARD for a gun charge? She fit into the criteria for ARD. You used the word felony? Did she commit a felony? ARD is in place for a reason. I will not insult your intelligence bc I feel this is coming from a personal feelings. You are allowed to feel she requires to be punished forever for a very stupid decision. So please don't insult mine using a felony charge argument over retail theft. I still feel that the higher standard motto is crap. So they spend more tax dollars appealing this judges decision....why? Did she molest a child, are they afraid she will steal chalk? Is she a good teacher? I quote the lawyer as saying "It was clear from the facts presented that she willfully committed a serious act of theft, and the Board made the obvious conclusion that a condition of moral turpitude existed," obvious conclusion? Moral turpitude? Oh please......Laws from 1949? Did she sleep with a child? She stole 300 and some odd dollars from K-Mart. Wrong absolutely....but to what degree do we continue to to have her pay for this? At who's expense? When do you draw the line between your job and your personal life? Have you ever ingested 2 glasses of wine or 2 beers and got in a car? Ever stood on a side walk with beer? Have you ever told a store clerk you were undercharged? Let someone you know drive intoxicated after they leave a wedding or bar-b-q? These things will get you at least a misdemeanor. What has the licensing board said?
former teacher February 19, 2013 at 06:40 PM
Tricia, for those who volunteer to work with children, why must they undergo background criminal checks? And if those background checks turn up events in one's past, that individual will not be permitted to work with children. This is so even though people in this situation have paid their debt. What's up with that? Why the background checks for volunteers? Is this 'bull'?
former teacher February 19, 2013 at 06:57 PM
Tricia, although you think it perfectly ok to just lower the bar for expectations for those in a position of public trust, I do not. I would prefer not to have convicted thieves teaching children. "Is she a good teacher?" Good question. What consitutes a good teacher? It seems to me that both trust and respect should be at the top of the list even higher than subject mastery. Start with the concept that when we put a person in front of a class we are entrusting them with children. There is that word: trust. When you lie to people you are stealing their trust. When you steal you show a lack of respect for others. Although it is fine with you to have this person teaching your child, I do not want her teaching children.
Tricia February 19, 2013 at 07:03 PM
Everyone lies first off, EVERYONE! Cheat on your taxes? Embellish a story? Your reflection in the mirror? Are you judge jury and executioner? Seems so.
Tricia February 19, 2013 at 07:05 PM
Still missing the point. They don't get ARD for child abuse and murder. If she is a great teacher then yes her past is her business. If she fornicates with kids she would not be allowed in the system, that's what background checks are for.
former teacher February 19, 2013 at 07:12 PM
Ok, lies are ok because ‘everyone does it’? Consider this: If a police officer falsifies evidence, any case where his involvement resulted in a conviction will immediately be overturned. Did he ‘cheat’ in any of those other cases? Maybe it was his first time. Maybe he only told a small lie. It doesn’t matter. Would you trust this police officer to do his job properly in the future? Or should he find another line of work? If a judge fixes tickets, what is the big deal? Why would a judge in these circumstances lose his position on the bench? Why would he be indicted for a felony? It was just fixing tickets for goodness sakes. He didn’t molest anyone, he didn’t shoot anyone. The common thread to these two scenarios and the teacher in question: being held to a higher standard and betrayal of public trust. I see where you think this is ‘bull’ and you are entitled to your opinion. I think it fine that this teacher has paid her debt. I wish her well in the future. I don’t want her teaching children.
former teacher February 19, 2013 at 07:23 PM
actually background checks are all-encompassing. They deal with far more than inappropriate sexual contact with minors. As they should.
Tricia February 19, 2013 at 07:31 PM
Point taken. But I still hold firm. Lies are not OK but we all lie is all I'm saying. Does that make you a bad former teacher? NO. Does a judge fixing tickets make him a bad judge YES, a cop lying in court, making him a bad cop YES. He used his status in his line of work to do something illegal. She did not. If a cop steals from K-Mart and gets ARD should he continue to be a cop? Not my business. If he steals evidence from work....he should lose his job. Judge gets ARD for driving intoxicated, does he lose his position? He should. Should this teacher work at a bank probably not, does she automatically become a bad teacher? No I don't think so.
former teacher February 19, 2013 at 07:41 PM
Tricia, can you differentiate between a husband telling his wife that the jeans don't make her look fat vs. lying to your employer or the authorities. I can. If you do something wrong, you get punished. If it can (through perception) affect your job, your employer should take action. I don't know if you have children but if they say 'everyone does it', what do you say to them? I know what I have told my children.
former teacher February 19, 2013 at 07:44 PM
I forgot - the essence of a position of public trust is: trust. You betray that trust (no matter where/when) it is time to find a different job. I don't expect you to say you agree with me. My basic point is people who behave like this, once handled by the system should be forgiven and not prevented from pursuing a career. That career would not involve working with children.
Tricia February 19, 2013 at 10:10 PM
I'm not talking about fat wives or skinny wives, if you lie to your wife about not cheating....even with your eyes or your mind does that make you a bad husband? Are you then an immoral man? If she says what are you looking at do you tell her the blonde in the short red dress with the beautiful rack.....I doubt it. Don't say you have never done that! I think it makes you human. Your using very poor analogies for a teacher. I tell my children people are human, they makes mistakes, owning up to those mistakes is the first step in hopefully never making them again, learn from them, move forward, remember them. Do not judge too harshly or too quickly. You know nothing about this woman and yet you condemn her. Ever sit in on her class? Ever talk to her students?
former teacher February 19, 2013 at 10:31 PM
Tricia, I apologize that you consider my analogies to be substandard. I was trying to draw parallels to your statements to give you another perspective. You said everyone lies. You gave no depth or breadth to what you feel is acceptable for untruths. I tried to fill in that blank. I have tried to look at your arguments (i.e. ‘everyone does it’, holding a person who is entrusted with children to a higher standard is ‘bull’) and tried to give you a different perspective. Maybe we can start over. Lets agree that people are human and make mistakes. Once the legal process is over for this teacher, and she has done all that is required of her, I wish her well. I sincerely hope that she can move on and find a position that she enjoys and finds rewarding. No I don’t know her. I have never sat in her class. I’m not sure that invalidates anyone’s position nor is it relevant to the discussion. It seems to me that this whole issue is being handled backwards. I wish this woman no ill. I am condemning no one. Clear? My basic position is that our primary concern should be the well being of children. Why are background checks done on people who will work with children? I am looking to ensure that people who are entrusted with children are worthy of the trust. Trust isn’t given out, it is earned. She has voluntarily lost that trust.
Tricia February 20, 2013 at 02:02 AM
Trust is earned for sure. I am a nurse by trade. Maybe it's in my nature to forgive. If this teacher is a good teacher, believes in her job and the kids she teaches that is what is important to me. I would not pursue a position at Maple Shade if they did not believe in me. Obviously the board is thinking about the backlash of the parents. But I do not see how the link between what she did and keeping her job. It is a very sad issue. I think the well being of child does not rest with this teacher. This should have been a private matter. I doubt background checks have "all" the answers ones seeks in finding a trusting person. I could site many errors but in the end you will still feel that her shoplifting has turned her into an unworthy person who cannot be trusted. I believe in redemption. It was enlightening chatting with you.
Capt. Obvious February 21, 2013 at 07:53 PM
I think it's sad that Tricia has just accepted that "everyone does it" so it must be ok. Sounds like the excuse a teenager would give their parent when they get caught. I, however, would like to hope that my children were being taught by someone with a little more in the morals and resposibility dept.
former teacher February 22, 2013 at 11:06 AM
I will say that Tricia is entitled to her opinion. But it seems to me that she my have some kind of transference issue going on. She may be friends/related to someone who made a mistake somewhere and her empathy is affecting her opinion. Again, just a guess. 'Everyone lies' is not a solid defense in my opinion. This teacher stole (not the first time she was caught/arrested), she lied to her employer as to why she was absent from work and she lied under oath about her history. Tricia stipulates that trust is earned. Trust is either meaningful or it is not. We can agree that this teacher forfeited her trust. If we just give her job back, then trust in a job like this is meaningless. I would not want a nurse to care for me if she has been arrested outside of work (multiple times), lied to her employer and lied to the authorities about it. I don't think I am a mean person. I don't wish anything bad to happen to this teacher. I just don't want her around children. It is NOT about this teacher; it is about protecting children.
Pam February 22, 2013 at 04:30 PM
Facts: background check to prevent children from being exposed to criminals. The same is true if I have to submit to a unannounced urine test for drugs at any time on any day when I'm at work. That is the condition for employment. If I break that trust and fail the test then I can become unemployed by my company. Simple. Teacher broke the law, teacher got caught, teacher now has a criminal record. Teacher is now unemployed as a teacher. Hope that trinket she shoplifted was worth it; probably wasn't the first time it happed but was the first time she got caught. I refuse to coddle anyone. I don't coddle my kids and I sure as heck don't coddle criminals. Life has rules. Play by the rules or go home.
Tricia February 22, 2013 at 11:11 PM
Seems I'm a thorn in your side, last word kinda guy huh? Well you guess wrong. No transference issues here. I have in my life seen very bad things happen to very good people. I refuse to believe that you are so perfect. I am just not as quick to judge as you are. She is now a liar a thief a no good rotten person who should not be around children. Arrested several times? Not sure you can qualify for ARD with a record. Not telling her job why she was not at work? A lie or a lawyer telling her not to (which I know they do not from experience but from my Dad who's a lawyer) I hope you are never on a jury, I hope you never have conflict outside your bubble. Your judgement of people does not surprise me. In my line of work I see your kind every day. Being a Mom I have seen teachers who should be picking up trash on the sidewalk bc they have no faith or trust in the the they teach,they treat them such disrespect it's sad and pathetic. You throw that word trust around, you wished her well but act as though you sat in the court room or were the judge hearing the case, who by the way told them to give her job back. Since I am only privy to the words written in the newspaper I am not so quick to judge her is all.So don't be surprised there are nurses,doctors all kinds of people running around with criminal records, DUI's, drug arrests, violence that and OH MY still have their job. Imagine that! I will not be replying again, I've said my piece. See ya in the funny papers.
Tricia February 22, 2013 at 11:21 PM
Who do I get to thank for you not being my parent? Black and White, is or isn't. And I get it no coddling. Go home? Not sure bout where ya want us to go. You assume she's a flagrant liar and thief. Assumed she has done it in the past. You read an article in the paper, I bet you believe every word ya read. So it is written so it is? Also, she got ARD will not have a criminal record. Cool job, pee in a cup randomly, OK that's for DRUGS. What does your job do for ARD? Bucks County is filled with perfect people who never make mistakes, or off with their head. I feel much better living here now thanks for clearing that up guys.
former teacher February 23, 2013 at 01:52 AM
Tricia, I'm not sure where your anger and attacks are coming from. Can I suggest that you do what I did (not just read the article), read this and keep an open mind - here is a link to the DOE ruling which upheld Neshaminy's dismissal of Tara Buske. You will see where she was arrested in 1998 for the same offense. She was deposed and asked about it. She said she was never arrested before. She lied to her employer about the reason for her absence from work for these events (said she was sick). http://www.scribd.com/doc/126229863/Buske-Tara-v-Neshaminy-SD-TTA-04-11-pdf You can be as angry and as snide as you want toward me, I promise I won't retaliate. I want children to be insulated from someone who behaves like this. You think it's ok for her to be teaching. Again, not sure why I am your enemy for disagreeing but you have that right. I suggest you read the DOE ruling. Decide for yourself.
Chief Firewater February 25, 2013 at 05:35 PM
I think she has an arrest in NJ for retail also.
robert May 30, 2013 at 01:39 PM
Tricia, I appreciate your comments and opinions and your right to express them,but here are the FACTS and the Law.I know you sit there and spout off what you think, but, Pennsylvania State Law says something different. Sorry. In order to step foot on a school district property to "work" around children, or volunteer to be in the school with children one must go through a two part Pennsylvania State Police background check. One part is for criminal record, the other part pertains to child abuse et.al. I am a Union Carpenter. We do not go on a property without having those papers, and for the most part our work usually occurs during the summer months when there is minimal school activity for obvious reasons ,doing repair and renovations. Those members of our Union that have criminal past, or ARD's, or any violations , that can not pass that background, do NOT go to that job.sucks...but, that's the law. ...so if anyone that works or volunteers with usually minimal contact with children is held to this standard, it would stand to reason that a teacher who has actual classroom contact hours with children should at a minimum be able to cleanly pass the check.....sorry......your personal activities DO matter, and your behavior does cut to the core of your character....you want to work and teach children, then you act accordingly and behave in a decent way...because like it or not...it effects your job.....
former teacher May 30, 2013 at 11:22 PM
Thanks, Robert.
Tricia May 31, 2013 at 01:05 AM
I thought this was over......well Robert I appreciate your thoughts....so as I sit here and spout off Mr Union Carpenter Robert you are allowed to your opinion. I know many union carpenters sheet metal workers etc. I have never seen any of them carry papers with them that state they are a law abiding upstanding citizen. ARD cannot be found once expunged unless you are a fed. So good luck in your life Robert. Maybe you and the former teacher should meet up and chat. Or better yet 'spout off" . Me....I'm finished.
robert June 01, 2013 at 08:26 PM
It really lends to your ignorance...I didn't present MY opinion....I presented you with the protocol and STATE LAW....and you still scoff.....good for you...looks like one of your tattoos may be running......
Tricia June 02, 2013 at 06:38 PM
Bashing me is ignorant i will be reporting u robert to the site manager


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