Monday, December 1, 2014

The Discontinued: Message from the UFT's Emil Pietromonaco

I can't vouch for the accuracy of anything in the email below - but will say that for many years the UFT has been telling people that "Any teacher who was discontinued for pedagogical reasons may apply for a position in their license outside the district in which they were discontinued." Of course there is always a Catch-22 ending with "not a prayer."

Follow up to our discussion on November 3rd (discontinued members)

Nov. 24, 2014
I apologize for the delay in getting back to you with an update. We have met with the DOE regarding these situations and here is what I can report at this time :

Any teacher who was discontinued for pedagogical reasons may apply for a position in their license outside the district in which they were discontinued.

This requires an OPI investigation, that in the past was not conducted until after a request was made by a principal for the purpose of hiring…. This is now not the case (as we have been told), OPI will conduct the investigation soon after the discontinuance and it should take only a few weeks

Also you can apply for positions within your discontinued district, if you have another license.

We are also working with the boroughs to bring cases forward to the DOE for review.

In solidarity,
Emil

Emil Pietromonaco
UFT Secretary
52 Broadway
New York, NY 10004
212 598 7713
epietromonaco@uft.org

4 comments:

  1. Before jumping to the conclusion that this process has "not a prayer," let's see how it plays out. We have a new mayor and a new chancellor. They are both people who actually associate with those of us in the 99% and who have experience with the New York City public schools. Defeatism is not a plan.

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  2. Defeatism is not a plan. We now have a new mayor and new chancellor who actually associate with the 99% and who have experience with the New York City public schools. Before jumping to the conclusion that this process has "not a prayer," let's see how it plays out.

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  3. I personally witnessed members, who were discontinued in one school district, receive placement in schools outside of their original district. I've also seen members show a tremendous amount of effort to have superintendents reconsider their decision to discontinue teachers.

    Sometimes, the prayers are answered.

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  4. I was discontinued in my third year ( the year I was supposed to receive tenure) by the NYCDOE at a now defunct high school in Brooklyn.

    During the summer of that year, I applied for a position as a teacher at a middle school and was accepted. The discontinuance never came up.

    However, you will be starting at the bottom again, and must wait the three years to obtain tenure once again. So, even if you have been discontinued, in my experience, I have found that if you find a principal willing to hire you, you can still work at the NYCDOE in another district and school.

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