Today the Emperor, Michael Bloomberg and his poodle the Chancellor, Dennis Walcott, has proposed a law that will eliminate "due process rights" for teachers accused of sexual misconduct. According to the Emperor's bill any teacher accused of sexual misconduct will still get an independent Arbitration hearing under section 3020-a but the final decision will be left to the Chancellor. Yes, the very same Chancellor who has prejudged twenty-four teachers guilty of sexual misconduct when faced with the evidence, the various independent arbitrators found none.
This bill, which stands no chance of becoming law, is just another attempt by the Emperor and the Chancellor to weaken union protections and eliminate teacher rights to a fair and unbiased hearing in front of an independent Arbitrator. While the Chancellor claims that he has zero tolerance for teachers accused of sexual misconduct, he feels otherwise when it comes to his Administrators. Here is what he said about now ex-Principal John Chase Jr. when he was accused by teachers and students of sexual harassment.
On the new allegation, he said, “Just because an accusation is made doesn’t mean a person is guilty.”
Interestingly, despite two separate allegations of sexual harassment, the DOE never had SCI investigate the charges, just OEO., why? The answer is that John Chase Jr. was a Principal and there is a presumption of innocence, hence the above statement by the Chancellor. On the other hand, the Chancellor has made it clear that any real evidence of no sexual misconduct is not as important as a biased OSI or SCI investigation that is heavily influenced by the school's Principal.
While the proposed law will have no effect on teachers who have already gone through the 3020-a process but remain forever guilty by the DOE, It will affect any new cases and despite evidence to the contrary, will lead to automatic termination, no matter what an independent Arbitrator finds. This sounds more like a Nazi or Stalinist court than an American judicial process. Then again we are talking about the Emperor who believes that the laws do not apply to him. As for the Emperor's poodle the Chancellor? His track record in determining sexual misconduct is found to be sorely lacking. See DOEnuts blog for more details about how untrustworthy the Chancellor's decision-making ability is.