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Teacher in Movie About Performing Arts School Losing Job

February 4, 1989

NEW YORK (AP) _ Jim Moody, who portrayed a teacher at the High School of Performing Arts in the 1980 movie ″Fame,″ lost and then regained his real-life job as a drama teacher at the school for aspiring actors and dancers.

Moody, who also acts professionally and was at one time a student at the school, holds a temporary teaching certificate and was told Wednesday he was being replaced by a drama teacher with a permanent license and more seniority.

But on Friday the United Federation of Teachers announced that an agreement had been reached with the Board of Education for Moody to remain in the drama class and team-teach with his replacement, said Bert Shanas, spokesman for the union.

Team-teaching puts more than one teacher in the same classroom and takes advantage of each teacher’s special skills, Shanas said.

His temporary license still entitles Moody to teach in other city public schools, but he said: ″I just want to work in a place that I think of as my home.″

Moody said he chose to teach with a temporary license because it meant he could take acting jobs. He has appeared in eight movies.

″If he wants the freedom to be an actor, it is to his advantage to be a temporary employee,″ said Rosenfeld. ″With that he is accepting the risk. You can’t have it both ways.″

He said the district superintendent, Pat Black, had wanted a permanent license holder who would not leave when an acting job came up.

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