Member since: 2002
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Member since: 2002
Number of posts: 81,339
Retired teacher who sees much harm to public education from the "reforms" being pushed by corporations. Privatizing education is the wrong way to go. Children can not be treated as products, thought of in terms of profit and loss.
after a due process hearing.
to DUer dsc for this link below.
Section 1 refers to how teachers can gain tenure which is simply due process. They have a probationary period of 3 years, just what Florida teachers had before tenure was abolished here in 2011.
Part 2 refers to how teachers who are tenured can lose their jobs.
N.Y. EDN. LAW § 3012 : NY Code - Section 3012: Tenure: certain school districts
Part 2 begins in the middle of a very long paragraph.
2. At the expiration of the probationary term of a person appointed
Removed "after a hearing" for:
Conduct unbecoming a teacher
Physical or mental disability
Neglect of duty
Failure to maintain certification
Campbell Brown recently went on the attack against teachers on tenure in New York by announcing an anti-tenure lawsuit
In one of her interviews she said that "Tenure is permanent lifetime employment."
If I am reading the education code above correctly, that is simply not true.
Posted by madfloridian | Sat Aug 23, 2014, 01:05 AM (7 replies)
a failed Iraq war architect and member of Michelle Rhee's Students First. He is also tied to Campbell Brown's lawsuit against NY teachers.
That is in no way "sexist". This is a power play against teachers and their rights of due process earned through their unions through the years.
Who is doing the accusing? Fox Democratic strategist Kirsten Powers, the same one who said that just because the DLC was shutting down it did not mean that liberals were winning. More on that below.
Here is her attack on teachers' unions.
Teachers union launches sexist attack against Campbell Brown
The “war on women” isn’t just for Republicans. Left-wing organizations in New York City have launched their own misogynist crusade against former CNN anchor turned education advocate Campbell Brown.
That to put it nicely is a bunch of BS. Yes, teachers' union are not feeling friendly toward Campbell Brown...but there is nothing "sexist" about it. It's the fact that she is going after their rights of due process by a lawsuit with much power and money behind it.
Her husband's position on the board of a group which has one of its members as the lead plaintiff in Campbell's lawsuit is not "sexist"....it is accurate. They did not even disclose that Keoni Wright was the lead plaintiff. So in my mind the two groups are working together.
So who is Kirsten Powers and what did she write in 2011 when the DLC shut it doors? She attacked liberals and pointed out that the DLC was being replaced by The Third Way.
The Democratic Leadership Council may be shutting down, but the progressives haven't won. Centrism is alive and well in the think tank Third Way, whose advice on health care and the economy has swayed the White House.
Teachers' unions have every right to be upset at the influx of celebrities with financial backing trying to take over public schools and get rid of career teachers.
Posted by madfloridian | Thu Aug 21, 2014, 01:00 AM (33 replies)
I noticed in kpete's post about a sign being held by France Francois that she had been among the protestors when Martin Lee Anderson was killed on his first day at boot camp in Florida.
He was killed by the guards who were to protect him with a trained nurse standing by.
Through the years he has been forgotten mostly, so good for Ms Francois for protesting his death.
Francois said the sentiment behind the sign is rooted to her days as a student at Florida State University when she protested the death of Martin Lee Anderson, a 14-year-old boy who died after being beaten by boot camp personnel. After months of silence from authorities over his death, Francois, along with other students from Tallahassee Community College, Florida A&M University and Florida State University staged a 34-hour sit-in at then- governor Jeb Bush's office, in Tallahassee, Fla.
More about his death at the hands of guards while a nurse watched.
The boot camp guards and nurse who killed Martin Lee Anderson will have to live with their actions.
.."A state court jury acquitted the guards and nurse of manslaughter on Oct. 12, 2007. Federal authorities then began investigating whether the boy’s civil rights were violated.
The sequence of events was quick.
At 6:30 in the morning on June 5, 2006, Martin Lee Anderson is admitted to boot camp.
When he was buried the St. Pete Times noted that both sides wore crosses around their necks.
Anderson trial tells two tales of a town
The jurors, the accused, the courtroom so divided you could label one side "guilty" and the other "not guilty" like guests at a wedding - all went still when the video played.
A few blocks over is the cemetery, the grass too high, fence sagging. He is there, flanked by stone angels, not a hero, not a monster, just gone.
What will the jury call what happened to Martin Lee Anderson? Sad comes to mind. And sorry. And wrong.
Posted by madfloridian | Tue Aug 19, 2014, 06:12 PM (11 replies)
Read how Robin Williams saved his debut on 'Happy Days'
Before Robin Williams took the world by storm in Mork & Mindy, he dipped a toe in the fame pool during what should have been a one-time stint on Happy Days.
Posted by madfloridian | Wed Aug 13, 2014, 11:33 PM (3 replies)
Such a moving piece from Russell Brand at The Guardian UK. Not that familiar with Brand, but very impressed by his moving words.
Russell Brand: Robin Williams’ divine madness will no longer disrupt the sadness of the world
I'd been thinking about Robin Williams a bit recently. His manager Larry Bresner told me that when Robin was asked by a German journalist on a press junket why the Germans had a reputation for humourlessness that Williams replied, “Because you killed all the funny people.”
It's been a year of much loss and sadness. It's hard for me to write when things feel so personal. I think Russell Brand is right....he must have known all the love and appreciation was out there. It had to matter greatly, though it wasn't enough in the end.
Posted by madfloridian | Tue Aug 12, 2014, 11:09 PM (28 replies)
From You Tube today. This is the most chilling kind of intimidation, and it's legal.
Published on Aug 12, 2014
Posted by madfloridian | Tue Aug 12, 2014, 03:10 PM (10 replies)
Also Campbell's hubby, Dan Senor, is on the board of Rhee's NY Students First. I guess Michelle Rhee is wearing another big smile right about now.
Seems her Students First is playing some big roles in attacking teachers' right to due process before being fired.
I did not realize Keoni Wright, who is suing on behalf of his twin daughters, was a member of that group also.
Teachers Too Hard to Fire, Lawsuit
Kaylah and Kyler Wright are New Yorkers, first-graders, and twins. But while Kaylah excelled in reading last year, Kyler lagged behind. Their father, John Keoni Wright, blames Kyler’s teacher and he’s suing, but not the teacher—the state of New York. The lawsuit alleges the state’s teacher job protection laws shield incompetence.
Keoni Wright is the plaintiff speaking in this video:
He seems to equate giving homework and providing textbooks out of the teacher's own pocket as being an effective teachers. There is so much more to it than that.
This WP column seemed to have the same understanding of the video as I did.
A strange definition of a ‘bad’ teacher
During the interview with Louis, Wright discussed the education his young twin daughters are receiving at a New York public school, saying that one of them had a really good teacher and the other wasn’t so lucky. How did the lead plaintiff in the lawsuit explain this dichotomy? vWell, it turns out, he said, that one daughter received homework packets from her teacher while the other daughter didn’t. Why? After talking to the offending teacher, he said he discovered the following:
Posted by madfloridian | Sun Aug 10, 2014, 01:19 AM (6 replies)
The lawsuit by Campbell Brown and plaintiffs assumes that tenure protects "bad" teachers. I knew of teachers who lost tenure, but it was done without a lot of publicity. If it were a serious charge, then that teacher would be out of the classroom at once. Less serious charges might be handled with the teacher voluntarily resigning.
The parent judges the two teachers as to whether they give homework and provide the books. He then admits that the books were not in yet, the teacher did not have the materials yet. This method of judging assumes that all teachers have the personal resources to provide materials that the school district should be providing.
I always provided what I could, but no way I could provide textbooks. That gets very costly. This was kindergarten level. Still debate about how much homework is appropriate. How can a teacher by judged by the supplies that she provides?
He mentions that one compliments the child, the other doesn't. That argument has some merit, but not really that much.
Are these the proper criteria to use to put teachers jobs on the firing line?
They speak of data that proves that due process rights of teachers hurt students. Is there really data that proves that?
Is this what NY teachers are facing now? Being judged by criteria like this? My sympathy to them.
Where are the teachers' voices? Why is Campbell Brown getting so much air time? I only see teachers' arguments presented on forums and twitter.
Posted by madfloridian | Sat Aug 9, 2014, 08:46 PM (38 replies)
This video appears to have just been posted today. It warms my heart to see Fox call out Rick Scott instead of praising him.
Several weeks ago I posted how the same Fox News station called him out on his non-answering of questions.
Posted by madfloridian | Fri Aug 8, 2014, 11:02 PM (9 replies)
Looks like the average viewership of The View is about 2.82 million weekly.
That's a very huge voice she has there. The View appears to have taken up Campbell Brown's campaign to end due process rights for New York teachers.
That gives Campbell's project a tremendous free and powerful voice.
Whoopi's attack on due process for teachers:
A teacher/administrator responds to her, and he points out that he has only a very tiny voice. So true.
Thank you educator Keith Reeves for your effort. Teachers do indeed have a very teeny tiny microphone.
The reformers have the billions.
Posted by madfloridian | Tue Aug 5, 2014, 05:18 PM (238 replies)