“For some reason this sort of grey area semi legality thing seems to be common here in Taiwan. It’s about time it was stamped out, and it’s particularly annoying when westerners, who should know better, are promoting it or taking advantage of it.”
And this is exactly what the OP is doing, is it not?
What makes you think that stamping out semi-legal schools could even be done? There are so many laws and regs for opening a school and so many ways to get around them. There is no one definition of legal, but “Legal for this particular school at this particular time.”
My argument here is not about the legal/sort of legal schools that exist, rightly or wrongly. This is not the West and I do not expect the way it is in Taiwan to change.
You already stated my point: The OP is taking advantage of the way it is, when she should know better, only because it suits her priorities. She is wrong and I don’t want her to feel that it’s ok to dick your bosses out of a signed agreement because she can. The school’s illegal employment is not the issue as it is commonly practiced and tolerated, as jay-walking or speeding are in the States.
Maybe the selfish-me business culture common in Taiwan is catching. Maybe I’m too old, but for me, a deal is a deal.