Lack of leadership led to severe violence, bullying and sexual harassment of children. Parents desperate for help had to turn to the press as the DOE did nothing, Superintendent Melodie Mashel had not met with parents even after repeated requests. The Riverdale Press has covered the saga of PS 207 and the parents feel utterly neglected.
PS 207 parents are rallying around a teacher who they say was suddenly and unjustly fired just days before the Thanksgiving holiday. Ada Luna, who was filling a position as a first-grade English as a Second Language teacher, said she was fired on Nov. 24, after trying to discuss her salary with the principal, Maria Rosado. After the principal brushed her off, she said, she met with the school’s United Federation of Teachers’ representative, Leida Romero-Lopez, and was promptly fired for doing so. A petition signed by 20 parents derides the firing as being “sudden,” “demeaning” and “disruptive,” and calls the principal’s decision not to inform them of the personnel change beforehand, “unprofessional.” Belky Vizcaino, whose child was in Ms. Luna’s class, says she hand delivered the petition to Sonia Menendez, the Community School District 10 superintendent, on Dec. 1. While the suddenness of Ms. Luna’s departure was upsetting to parents like Ms. Vizcaino — whose child was held back last year and was starting to flourish under Ms. Luna’s care — the union’s grievances against the principal go far beyond that. Ms. Romero-Lopez has filed grievances with the teachers’ union, one for retroactive pay on Ms. Luna’s behalf, and… Read more »
Parents rally against principal