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Friday, June 22, 2012
Tears And Anger In The Turnaround Schools As Staff Have Been Told That The New Schools Do Not Want Them.
Staff "pink slips" have been issued in some of the schools that will replace the closing schools in the "turnaround" process and the already terrible morale at these schools have just sunk to a new level.
Staff are being informed by e-mails that they were not selected for a position at the new schools and that they should look on the open market system to find a position. In my school at least 50% of the teachers have been e-mailed the bad news and there is plenty of crying and anger about what has happened. Worse, is that many of the teachers who are excellent teachers and even the "teacher of the year", as selected by the students, were told that they do not fit into the vision of the new school Administration. I guess it really is not about the students after all.
My school feels like a morgue with staff looking like the "walking dead" (zombies) and I am sure so do the other "turnaround schools" as the survivors of the culling comfort their soon departed colleagues who still must complete marking the Regents and giving back equipment and keys before leaving the school for good on their journey into the excess pool of "job fairs" , interviews, and possibly ending up as an ATR for the next school year.
Why couldn't this awful and unnecessary process wait for the Arbitrator decision? What if the Arbitrator decides for the UFT? How does one feel about returning to a school where the new Administration does not want them? What kind of school climate is there with such staff and Administration distrust? Moreover, how does this climate of distrust and suspicion help the students? Finally, what was the DOE thinking in pushing for a solution that is worse than the problem?
The Mayor has a temper tantrum and because he must have his way, 24 schools are in chaos and half the staff who have worked well with their unique student population are gone. Tell me how this is good for the students? "Children first"? Yeah right and I have a bridge in Brooklyn to sell you!.