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Sounds hopeful. We’ll see.
If we’re lucky they will at least do more than go through the motions.
( But we have to be *lucky*.)
Thanks for not letting go of this, DTOE.
And kudos to the 20 blacklist victims .
Pietromonaco and Barr informed us that we should be able to work in other school districts for the DOE but many teachers claimed, including myself, this is not the case because we are flagged in the system. This was not mentioned to them but I have had quite a few interviews and many administrators have told me that no matter how much they would like to hire me it is impossible and very rare chance. Administrators also do not want to hire a teacher only to lose them down the line (understandably so, for the best interest of the students). Through discussions it seems that there would have to be connections with CFN in order to push someone through and a lot of paper work.
Also, under the new contract teachers are suppose to be given notification of their deficiencies and an improvement plan for the following year, Peitromonaco said he was surprised that there were discontinuances this year even though the contract states this.
We were asked to provide emails with a response to be sent to us by Thursday. We were also asked to send an email regarding our situations.
So you informed me that 150 teachers were discontinued this year and about 600 in the past couple of years. It would be interesting to look at the numbers in terms of 150 out of how many nontenured teachers. And not first or second year nontenured teachers, third and higher. How many teachers resigned or left to teach somewhere else outside of the DOE? Then we need to also consider how many tenured teachers are let go for other non-serious reasons and how many teachers retired. I know of a teachers who may have decided to retire early, one was also being “coached” by an outsider (Network I believe) with negative reports purposely being provided to the administration.
Yes, this is typical practice…coaches who do not support at all but are only use to create more ‘evidence’ against a teacher…evidence of incompetency..it is all very malicious and biased…this is being done to me right now 🙁 as I am close to retirement and they are trying to undermine me so I will not be able to finish my time
At the meeting Pietromonaco acknowledged the “do not hire list”, BUT he said that the DOE will not own up to the existence of it. He siad they were in talks with the DOE about the situation with discontinued teachers. He said they weren’t making any promises. In the past they weren’t able to get anywhere with the DOE on this subject, as the persons representing the DOE would not show up. He said this time, they have been showing up to the meetings around this topic, which according to him is a good sign.
In response to them saying that teachers discontinued in one district “should” be allowed to work in another district. I explained to them that this just isn’t true. I was hired over the summer in a different district, then removed from the galaxy budget on Aug 29, 2014. The principal tried to get her HR people and the DOE to allow me to be hired and she was outright told “no’. So either the UFT people are lying or they’re ignorant and I don’t believe it’s the later. There’s a part of me that feels like they held the meeting to quiet down the noise being made around discontinued teachers. I hope I am wrong and that they are really moving on this issue. Unfortunately after the BS, misinformation and seemingly outright lies that I dealt with over the summer with the UFT, I don’t know whose side they’re on.
Leroy Barr didn’t say much of anything. He nodded yes and no. The other dude talked and said almost the samething. Let’s see what happens tomorrow….
I bet there are more teachers and SBST who were let go from their positions too. 600 sounds like a small number. Many teachers and SBST are threatened to resign instead of go the discontinuance route. It is easier for the principal this way and there is less paperwork.
Perhaps we should be looking at number of U ratings of probationary teachers and SBST for each year.
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