A prime example of when a school's Principal does not collaborate with his or her staff is found at Francis Lewis High School, where the new Principal, without even bothering to discuss it with the Chapter Leader or the consultation committee, decided to honor outgoing Chancellor Dennis Walcott, by renaming it the "Dennis Walcott college office. The letter objecting to giving the Chancellor this honor was sent to the Principal by the school's Chapter Leader Arthur Goldstein and can be found on the nyc educator blog.
While its the right of the Principal to rename parts of his school as he pleased, I must question why the Principal would rename the college office for a Chancellor that oversees a school system where only 22% are "college ready" and the latest available statistics showed that 23% needed "triple remediation" in college. The Chancellor's "legacy of failure" makes it puzzling that the Principal would ignore his staff and bestow that honor on Dennis Walcott.
If teachers were able to rename a part of the school for the Chancellor then the most appropriate place would be the teachers bathroom toilet. To me, the Chancellor has dumped on teachers during his three year tenure. His policies are summarized as "Mayor Bloomberg first, students last" has resulted in the following:
- No contract.
- A punitive evaluation system that looks to terminate teachers.
- A useless ATR rotation system
- Forces schools to hire the "cheapest" not the "best" teachers.
- Closed neighborhood schools.
- Rising class sizes.
- Hypocrite when it came to disciplining teachers and administrators.
- An unacceptably wide student achievement gap.