Wednesday, June 17, 2015
The Uncaring DOE Forces Queens Chemistry And Physics Teachers To Grade In A Sweatbox.
Last year the Chemistry and Physics teachers in Queens were sent to William Cullen Bryant high school to grade. The school is notorious for its horrible Leadership Academy Principal and for removing senior teachers on questionable 3020-a charges. While these visiting teachers are not directly affected by the actions of this terrible Principal, she does determine where the teachers are doing the Regents grading.
Last year, she put the teachers in an non-air conditioned library, with no offer of liquids. Moreover, the area has no parking available and the school has no parking lot. While I might understand that the DOE might have made a mistake in selecting this location last year because they didn't investigate the situation, the fact that the DOE, for the second straight year, selected the same unacceptable grading location shows how uncaring the DOE are to teachers and their complaints.
One teacher told me that the DOE sent him an e-mail that to dress comfortably and bring water to the grading site and don't even think of bringing your car. That means the DOE was well aware of the problems of selecting the William Cullen Bryant grading site and didn't care! With so many high schools available that have both parking and air conditioning. Bayside, Francis Lewis, Cardozo, Jamaica Campus, Springfield Gardens Campus, Martin Van Buren, John Bowne, Campus Magnet, Forest Hills, John Adams/Richmond Hill, Hugh School of Teaching, Maspeth, and Metropolitan high schools why Bryant?
The answer is simple. The DOE does not care to make teachers comfortable. Instead they make their lives difficult by the overwintering paperwork, inadequate resources, poor administrators, and terrible working conditions and the selection of Bryant high school is just another example of making a teacher's life as difficult as possible by the DOE.