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Sunday, February 25, 2018
Will The DOE Protect "F" Status Field Supervisors From ATR Lawsuits? Maybe Or Maybe Not.
It has come to my attention that a teacher, who became an ATR, filed a lawsuit against the Principal and the Principal's Advisor. Of course the Principal was protected as a DOE employee from personal liability. However, the DOE appointed advisor was not an active employee but was defined as a consultant. The result was the Principal's advisor was not protected by the DOE from liability. The result was the consultant had to hire his own lawyer on his own dime. Moreover, he ended up paying the teacher $25,000 and his own lawyer as well..
This brings me to the field supervisors (assassins). Most of the field supervisors are retired Principals or Assistant principals. The are hired on an "F" status basis and are considered contract employees. Therefore, its possible that if the ATR, who feels they were unjustly evaluated by one of these "F" status field supervisors, if the ATR files a lawsuit its possible that the "F" status field supervisor would not be protected from liability by the DOE. If that is the case, then the "F" status field supervisor would have to hire their own lawyer.
I cannot say for sure that is the case, but based on the Bronx case it might be worth the effort to sue the "F" status field supervisor and see if the DOE decides to protect them. Ir the DOE does not protect them from liability, the result would be the eventual elimination of the "F" status field supervisors since the money they receive is not worth the risk of a lawsuit.