"Roughly 10 teachers filed unrelated complaints about Mr. Maldonado-Rivera with the United Federation of Teachers after the drowning on June 22. [UFT Chapter Chair] Mr. Nalley said he was upset that those complaints had not been part of the investigation, but union officials said they had not yet forwarded them to the city." -- NY Times, July 17, 2010
DUHHHHHH! What else is new? They were all too busy preparing how to sing Na, Na, Hey Goodbye to the people leaving the Gates appearance in Seattle.
Our favorite Unity mole takes another swipe after this story. Last week DA MOLE predicted a shakeup at UFT HQ, which could be titled, "Mr. Casey Goes to Washington, Mr. Barr Goes to Albany and Mr. Mendel Returns to Staff Director.
So, who knows what Da MOLE really knows. But this one certainly looks interesting given the excellent piece today from Jenny Medina at the Times - WOW- the Times gives the teacher point of view - over the drowned student at Columbia Secondary School. Her article and the piece from Da MOLE also reveal fault lines within the UFT and how it has abandoned teachers. Before we get to Da MOLE, here are some choice tidbits from Medina's article:
The fallout has bred resentment among some teachers who say they believe that the two administrators deserved harsher punishments.
The drowning and its aftermath have also unearthed long-simmering tensions between some teachers and Mr. Maldonado-Rivera, who they say can be an unfair and unyielding boss.
“I think the teacher was a scapegoat in order to keep the administration’s jobs intact,” said Chris Jones, who teaches social studies at the school. “It’s symptomatic of the entire attitude — all the weight and blame is placed on teachers. There was none of ‘This is what you should be doing, this is what you should not be doing.’ We were all on our own for these trips.”
[A teacher] said she complained of other safety hazards at the school, like allowing hundreds of students to walk down five flights of stairs to the gym unsupervised. She said several physical education classes were taught by college interns rather than certified teachers in Mr. Maldonado-Rivera’s effort to expand sports offerings.
“The faculty are so outraged, not specifically by the incident even,” said Chance Nalley, a math teacher and the chapter chair of the teachers’ union at the school. “We are outraged that we had been so patient and long-suffering, and we’re mad that we didn’t deal with things sooner.”
Several teachers have left the school, frustrated that they did not have enough support from the administration, which they said would constantly demand that they take on more responsibilities and work longer hours — often without extra pay.
“I worked 12-hour shifts, which was not enough for Jose, and he went so far as to ask me to come on the weekend,” said Carla Cota, who left the school after two years to teach at a private boarding school in Tucson. “He made it clear that if that couldn’t happen, he couldn’t foresee my future at the school.”
Roughly 10 teachers filed unrelated complaints about Mr. Maldonado-Rivera with the United Federation of Teachers after the drowning on June 22. Mr. Nalley said he was upset that those complaints had not been part of the investigation, but union officials said they had not yet forwarded them to the city.
Let's see - teachers forces to work 12 hour days and weekends? Forced to take dangerous field trips without prep? Interns teaching regular classes? Did I miss any? All things the UFT supposedly knew about.
The UFT response was due to - choose one A) Ineptness B) Disinterest C) They're on the wrong side (as Da MOLE indicates) - or all of the above.
Naturally the first year teacher was fired while the AP is still working - as a teacher- and the Principal remains. Did we hear from the DOE that he couldn't be fired due to tenure? Didn't principals give up tenure years ago? Or is the DOE blaming non-existent tenure as an excuse to not fire a principal? Not that we are saying people have to be fired at all over a terrible tragedy. (One day I'll tell you about time I took my class to Coney Island - without a chaperone - just me and 27 kids - and yes some did get wet. Hope statute of limitations has run out.)
Well, here is the report on the repercussions from -
INSIDE THE UNITY CAUCUS (ITUC)
Did Mulgrew and Ellie Engler cover up for the principal at the drowning school? That is what was being discussed all day yesterday in a furious exchange of emails and phone calls at 52 Broadway. Top union staffers even reached out to Randi to get Mulgrew out of his pickle-or was it to hang him? Mulgrew doesn’t know which back stabber on his staff to trust. Engler is “this close” to Randi.
Today’s Post said teachers sent the UFT information about safety issues-before the drowning- involving the principal but that the union did not forward to the complaints to DOE.
So the family should know they can now sue Mulgrew because he covered up for the principal (nothing new there; his motto is “Principals Rule. Teachers Suck.”)
The question is what did Mulgrew and Engler get out of the deal? Jobs at the schools? Jobs at other schools?
This is a major, major cover up story. Mulgrew has no interest in going after horrible principals but this time it appears to have bitten him on his ass.
What did Mulgrew and Engler ( a non-teacher by the way) know and when did they know it?
The Times and Wall Street Journal reported that two days after the drowning, teachers met at the UFT and gave the union documents about the principal, which the union kept at 52 Broadway and did not forward to Condon!
Is this a bad movie?
Mulgrew allows a teacher to get fired but doesn’t demand that the principal walk the plank?
Wow- all this for double zero raises?
Mulgrew and the a..s s.. kissers in his circle must be getting more out of these cover ups than flying on the mayor’s jet.
This is what happens when Mulgrew hired a CSA person as his Chief Bottle Washer.
Teachers should post the documents they sent to the UFT.
Follow-up the story at Norms Notes with commentary from Steve Koss and Leonie Haimson
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