A high school teacher who talked Microsoft Corp. into donating $20,000 of software for his students and then contributed another $20,000 himself for school projects has been handed five days' suspension without pay.


School district officials said Desert Vista, Ariz., High School teacher George Alper failed to follow accounting procedures for the gifts and failed to submit proper purchase requests. In addition, officials said, Alper discarded, sold, or traded equipment belonging to the school.


They asked the Tempe Union High School District's governing board to suspend Alper without pay for 20 days because of "unprofessional and insubordinate conduct." The governing...

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