The 16 clandestine surveillance cameras set up in elementary classrooms in Palmdale, Calif., didn't catch any thieves, but the superintendent did catch hell from the teachers' union when it learned teachers were being secretly videotaped. A school district spokeswoman says the surreptitious taping was done by mistake and that the cameras all have been pulled from the classrooms.

Superintendent Nancy Smith allegedly made the $12,000 camera purchase without school board approval and then installed the equipment without telling teachers and parents, union officials charged.

"Originally, there were concerns about the...

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