When our union leadership was telling the media that they now had a friend ruining the DOE in Carmen Farina and life would become easier for teachers. However, I was highly skeptical. Yes the very same leadership, who's President threatened to punch you in the face if you dare oppose Common Core, and is strangely silent on the "opt out" movement that many teacher support, except for the E4E fifth columnists.
At first, the disappointing Chancellor committed to reducing the obnoxious paperwork requirements, to bring a different tone to the DOE, and eliminate the antagonism at Tweed to the teaching staff. However, fourteen months into her tenure as Chancellor, nothing has changed for the classroom teacher. Most of the Bloomberg 300 are still in policy making positions at Tweed, the double standard between disciplining principals and teachers continue, her school budgets and class sizes remain frozen when compared to the Bloomberg third term, and her comments about teachers would make Joel Klein and Michael Bloomberg proud.
Just yesterday she told the press that she approves having administrators harass teachers by observing them many times until the targeted teacher resigns or retires. Her words were, according to Charkbeat are below:
She said the principal must weed out unmotivated or unsatisfactory teachers by documenting their performance problems and advising them to look for jobs elsewhere. After they stopped by the classroom of a teacher whom Hernandez said she had concerns about, Fariña told her to observe the teacher “many, many more times a day.”
After the tour, Fariña explained that principals can use such methods to convince teachers who are not a good fit for a school to leave.
This is not the first time she went after teachers. Remember what she said to the newly hired teachers not to hang out in the teachers room and listen to the disgruntled veteran teachers. You can find it Here. Finally, her insistence in making ATRs second class citizens in the contract proves her dislike for the "due process rights" for teachers.
To me Carmen Farina is no different than the other three Chancellors who blamed teachers for every ill of the school system and refuse to hold themselves accountable for their poor decisions that hurts the students. Too bad our disconnected leadership prefers to ignore the damage Chancellor Carmen Farina is doing to the members but then again its politics over what's best for the classroom.