Some teachers feel powerless when they believe that they are being subject to administrator abuse. However, the teacher doesn't need to be a helpless victim, the teacher can fright back by having the union file a "Special Complaint" (article 23 of the contract). No teacher should be subject to harassment or desperate treatment by an administrator or field supervisor in an attempt to rate the teacher "ineffective or unsatisfactory". While recent history has shown that a "U rating" appeal to the kangaroo court's DOE hearing officer has a "zero" chance of being overturned, its important to document the abuse in case the DOE choose to file 3020-a termination charges against the teacher.
The most important action a teacher, who is being abused by an administrator, can do is start an anecdotal log to document the administrative harassment and desperate treatment that the teacher is experiencing. The anecdotal log is an extremely important part of the "Special Complaint" and it will be presented to the UFT/DOE mediation hearing that may possibly stop the administrative abuse and possibly an "ineffective or unsatisfactory rating". More importantly, the anecdotal log will assist the teacher if the DOE brings 3020-a termination charges in front of an independent State arbitrator. It could save the teachers's job!
For all teachers who believe they are being targeted by an abusive school administrator or field supervisor, the anecdotal log is an extremely important document in defense of the teacher. The anecdotal log should include the following information.
- Description of incident.
If you believe you are being targeted by an abusive administrator or field supervisor, then start an sacerdotal log and have your Chapter Leader, or if you're an ATR, the District Representative file a "Special Complaint" and hope your aggressive approach will make the bully supervisor think twice about harassing or using desperate treatment against you.