TEACHER ABUSE

NEW YORK CITY PUBLIC SCHOOLS :
A TEACHER'S JOURNEY
TO THE END OF THE NIGHT



BARACK HUSSEIN OBAMA, 44th PRESIDENT OF THE USA

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And Then They Wept

Moral Vacuum And Intellectual Deficit

By

Boubakar S. Fofana , math teacher , ATR since 2/2009. Incompetent ? Hardly :
www.hsmathematics.com
www.shiningpaths.com
www.mathspell.com

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This web site is dedicated to hundreds teachers and other schools staff members -- guidance counselors,
psychologists, payroll secretaries, paraprofessionals, etc. -- falsely accused by
students or administrators
of misconduct, languishing in the rubber room, denied due process, and who have endured the most

abject indignities as I have. I was removed from the classroom on December 7, 2004 for
accusations unknown to me until I received the OSI's report in May 2007. Integrity and competence
are not the DOE's administrators' forte. Predictably, this website has become an issue :
it eclipsed the initial, flimsy allegations. To intimidate me into shutting it down --
I will when Hell freezes over -- , they are now accusing me of violating my students'privacy by posting
their confidential records (e.g. grades) ! What for ? The purpose of the website is to expose
their incompetence and their abuse ; it is not about students records. Their evidence ?
Material illegally downloaded from the server
that hosts the website.


I borrowed this website's title from Voyage au bout de la nuit, by Louis-Ferdinand Celine (1932),
a grim novel on a shuddering facet of human condition, based on the writer's vivid experience :
it is about "hallucinations which reality provokes" (Andre Gide), not unlike the ones we experience,
as teachers, in New York City public schools. The purpose of the site is to recount a hallucinatory
journey into a system deserted by the light of reason, as embodied by these three rogue principals -- evil made flesh.

MYRNA WALTERS, ERASMUS HALL H.S.
FOR BUSINESS & TECHNOLOGY


When Affirmation Action Goes Awry and
Mediocrity Perpetuates Itself

She was hired in 1995 by a "sister"
, Joyce Copin, the then Broolyn High Schools Superintendent, epitome of incompetence and tyranny, a token minority for a school district where 64 % of students are blacks or Hispanics. She owed them her position but failed them. For instance, they had to wait for years until Chancellor Joel Klein came in and address their low enrollement in elite schools and "gifted" programs , in the face of hostility from white college-educated parents.

School Shut Down in 2005

Myrna Walters has become an APR administrator equivalent of ATR : Absentee Teacher Reserve.Sent to Canarsie HS before it was shut down (see adjacent box)


Dr. JOEL SHAPIRO,
CANARSIE HIGH SCHOOL


Incompetence
& Unethical Behavior as Second Nature


Haughty, he could be seen listening to classic music and smoking cigars in his office, which is illegal. Indifferent to drug-dealing in the school. Disrespecful to teachers. A memorable episod of his tenure : a score of teachers stormed his office and demanded that he apologize to their chapter leader he publicly berated -- shaking, the coward complied. The cripto-racist -- minorities were his pool for the rubber room --, was forcibly sent to retirement in 12/2004.




School Shut Down in 2007


Dr. MICHAEL WILTSHIRE,
MEDGAR EVERS PREPARATORY SCHOOL


The embodiment of
nepotism, incompetence
& impunity at the DOE

Removed from his position after 1 year in the job; reinstated within weeks thanks to protectors ; twice investigated for sexually harassing
two female teachers; engaged in academic fraud to complete his doctorate ; tampers with grades to artificially increase graduation rate. You need not be a clairvoyant about what's going on after his school became an "empowerment school", i.e. more autonomous in exchange for .... higher graduation rate.

 

These parasites and their cronies are at the heart of the DOE medieval system in which corruption and impunity reign.

In former Chancellor Joseph Fernandez's words "How some of the people there [ New York City]
ever got into education in the first place is beyond me." ( Tales Out Of School , Little Brown and
Company, 1993.) For Joel Klein,Esq., to become education chancellor, boredom and never-satiated
vanity come in mind -- he never taught in his life. Thanks to the corruptive influence of his billionaire friend, the mayor of New York City, he was appointed chancellor despite of his lack of education background.
Under Klein's stewardship, in the name of "school reform", the wholesale violation of
teachers' constitutional rights by the Department of Education -- a governmental agency widely known
as corrupt and incompetent
--
, became routine amidst general indifference : indifference to
teachers' plight
and indifference to million dollars wasted on maintaining a dozen facilities to imprison
them, literallly. Throughout the country incompetent "educrats" scapegoat teachers to cover up their
miserable failure to provide the right leadership to bring a decent education to children, but Klein took
the enterprise to another level : he set up a machinery to prosecute tenured teachers on trumped-up
incompetence charges to force them to resign or get fired. Such assault could not go unchalleged.
Teachers4action, an organization created in response to the abuse, has filed a complaint in federal court
on 1/21/08. Shortly before, the DOE retaliated against the organization's president, Florian Lowenstein,
over the letter he sent to mayor Bloomberg on January 15 about the violations of teachers' due process
and constitutional rights : he was sent back to the rubber room on that day with new allegations of verbal
abuse (of students).
You entrust these people with your children's education , far from imagining them being abjectly used
to make false accusations against teachers. It is illegal, immoral and
ignoble -- it is really tragic that the
general public entertain such rosy assumptions about school administrators.

 

There is nothing reliable in what they say;
Their inward part is destruction itself
Their throat is an open grave;
They flatter with their tongue.
Hold them guilty, O God;
By their own devices let them fall!
In the multitude of their transgressions
thrust them out, For they are rebellious against You
PSALM 5 : 9-10

" Acquitting the guilty and condemning the innocent--the LORD detests them both. "
PROVERBS 17:15

God has sickened their hearts.
A painful doom is theirs because they lie.
KORAN 2:10

"When the earth is rocked with her final earthquake, when the earth shakes off her burden , and man cries: What is the matter with her? On that day she will tell her news, that your Lord has commanded it. On that day, the people will issue from every direction, to be shown their works. Whoever does an atom's weight of good will see it , and whoever has done an atom's weight of evil will see it." KORAN 99 :1-8

Some earthly justice is in order
before divine punishment

 

Teachers4action vs DOE/UFT/NYC

 

 

 

Class Action Complaint To Close Rubber Rooms Filed on 11/23/09

Click here for the timeline of my story, and here for the latest episode of my Calvary :
DOE KANGAROO COURT




THE CHARTER SCHOOLS HYPE EXPOSED


Democracy or Plutocracy ?

America is rich.  Why is American education so poor?

The right-wing ideologues have a convenient culprit : "selfish" teachers and their unions. Not surprising in a world where nearly 60% of the Republicans -- the birthers -- believe that Obama was not born in the United States.


Das Kapital,
Relevant More Than Ever

"Dissatisfied with long hours, churning turnover and, in some cases, lower pay than instructors at other public schools, an increasing number of teachers at charter schools are unionizing."

What do you expect when you inject The Market into education and hire lawyers to run schools ? Playing us for suckers, the kleptocrats had been saying ad nauseum : "The market adjusts itself and brings efficiency" , until the recession of the century ummasked the plunderers. Publicly funded, privately run ? What kind of market is that anyway ? Apparently, for many education is a new entrepreneurship frontier, unique in its kind : subsidized by taxpayers to American children's misfortune.

 


"Man on The Moon" did not Dissuade Some People from worshiping It. No fact will change the minds of the charter schools cultists either.

46% of charter schools provide education comparable to surrounding public schools ; a mere 17% of them proved superior ; 37% deliver learning results that are significantly worse.

 



ARE NEW YORK CITY PUBLIC SCHOOLS' STUDENTS
REALLY LEARNING UNDER CHANCELLOR KLEIN'S TENURE ?


Chancellor's sales pitch :
statistics to be taken with a grain of salt.

"In his arrogance the wicked man haunts down the weak,
who are caught in the schemes he devises." Psalm 10 :2




Michael Mulgrew, UFT's President

Deconstructing Klein's System :

"How to mismanage a school system and blame it on others "

We wholeheartedly acknowledge Joel Klein's success in restructuring and managing the school system's bureaucracy : the current business-like organization vividly contrasts with the cacaphonous, amorphous,and corrupt organization he inherited, although patronage is still palpable.The fluidity of operations and information is commendable thanks to the use of information technology. One achievement is noteworthy : abolishing NYC nightmarish licensing's labyrinthine structure, and relying on the NY State's licensing, in coherence with the rest of the state. Alas, this achievement is largely tainted with the witch-hunt against tenured teachers and top-salary educators, mainly for fiscal reason, on trumped-up charges of incompetence or corporal punishment (of students.) The most honorable solution was to buy them out. It was inconscionable to humiliate and dispose of them like dirt, people who spent 20 to 30 years of their lives serving the City and its children.

The learning front, the front that ultimately matters, turned out to be calamitous : Klein antagonized and bullied 80.000 + teachers he yet needs to carry out his "reform" : despite his successful aggressive PR campaign to demonize teachers and their union and force Randy Weingarten's hand to obtain contractual concessions, the student performance proved mediocre, or stagnant at best, as discussed below. To make the situation worse : teacher's morale has plunged, while fear and resentment, and high turnover -- inevitable corollary -- , are undermining learning in New York City. And yet, Bloomberg and Klein managed to pull the wool over the eyes of the legion of uninformed, thanks to teacher-bashing newspapers like The New York Pest, their hysterical mouthpiece, the embodiement of mercenary journalism.
"Questions of whether the state tests have been dumbed down grew in 2007, when the results of a federal test, the National Assessment of Educational Progress , showed that the city's eighth graders had made no significant gains in reading or math under the mayor's control. (Fourth-grade math and reading scores on the federal test rose; new federal results are expected this fall.) Average SAT scores for city students fell 2 percent from 2004 to 2008 (...)

Critics ask: If students were really learning more and better, as opposed to just better learning the state testing protocol, wouldn't their performance rise on all manner of measurements?" "Controlling Interest", New York Times 8/4/09

Indeed, how do you explain that "the national test found just 34 percent of fourth graders in the city “proficient” or above in math, while the state test showed that 74 percent of fourth graders met that standard" ? Click here for an answer. With Chancellor Klein, Esq., accountability seems to have taking on a new meaning.

Reacting to the NAEP Report, we recall the chancellor blaming "incompetent teachers" and their union in a Pavlovian reflex all too familiar to us -- he announced his intention to hire more lawyers to weed them out. However, in light of the fact that Klein hired 7000 to 8000 teachers every year since 2002 -- while thousands quitted or retired in disgust as the former prosecutor set up his kangaroo court and micro-managed classrooms -- , a couple of pertinent questions arise : Have his own recruits proven more competent ? What percentage of the teaching body is still incompetent, in his view ? Didn't he obtain the modification of the teacher contract to implement his policies as he wished ? Evidently, this never-ending incantation about "incompetent teachers" is a convenient cop-out, a distraction from failure.

In his defense of the suspicious rosy results of the NY standardized tests, Chancellor Klein, Esq. said to a NY Times reporter : " You can't pass the math test if you don't know how to do algebra..." True for any test but NY State standardized tests. The students are fed testing techniques the way Tyson and Perdue feed their chickens -- under permanent artificial light. Click here for a tiny sample.


FALSE PREGNANCY

" Progress Reports grade each school with an A, B, C, D, or F. These reports help parents, teachers, principals, and others understand how well schools are doing—and compare them to other, similar schools" NYC Department of Education.


BEFORE


AFTER


In 2009 nearly 85% received A's ! Mission Accomplished ? Longing for real results that have been eluding it -- we know why -- ,
the DOE took refuge in fantasies akin to false pregnancy : inflated barren womb that will never produce a baby.
The sorcerer's incantation will not change that. Even the teacher-bashing New York Pest, in a rare moment of lucidity,
wrote : " Of the thousand-plus schools graded, nearly 900, or 85 percent, scored an A -- up from fewer than 400 last year.
A mere 27 received C's, D's or F's. We know the schools are improving, but that's a little ridiculous."
(Editorial 9/4/09.)
Something authentic at last. A great change from the daily phony outrage playing to people’s worst impulses.
“All you need to do is understand that when you are telling parents that all of our schools are A's and B's or that all of
our students are proficient, we are not providing a clear view of what is really happening in a school or with a student”

(Merryl H. Tisch , the chancellor of the State Board of Regents.) A diplomatic way to say : we are deceiving parents and
the public in general. Hardly surprising : the phony statistics were built to support Bloomberg's agenda -- be it mayoral
reelection or governorial ambitions.

 

THE PROOF OF THE PUDDING

If Chancellor Klein, Esq. really believes that learning has vastly improved under his tenure, then, to put this issue to rest once for all, we challenge him to have an independant body evaluate the performance of 2007 high school graduates who went to college, just for 2007-2008 school year : 1) GPA ; 2) Math grade ; 3) English grade; 4) number of hours of remedial courses taken, if any. A random sample of , say, 5000 students, easily secured from the DOE database, would do the job. For obvious reason, students from the three elite schools -- Stuyveysant HS, Brooklyn Tech, and Bronx HS of Science -- should not be included.

How many NYC high school seniors would pass the math test of the Brevet , the French national diploma which attests to the acquisition of general knowledge during middle schools ("collège" in French : nothing to do with college) ? 10% would be overly optimistic. Please, compare New York Regents math exam in January 2009 with the Brevet math exam in July 2009 , my translation from French.
(Source : france-examen.com.)

It is indisputable that NY Regents math exams' format encourages the drill-to-kill type of preparation : tricks, recipes, and the rest. From 20 not long ago , the number of multiple-choice questions ( Part 1) is now 30 out of 39 or 60 credits of 87. With 65 the passing grade, the dumbed-down charge is quite justified. A poorly prepared student making random choices, would hit 10 right answers, at least, with probability of 0.11 ; 7 right answers, at least, with probability of .49 -- almost fifty-fifty chance ! Thus, by virtue of the law of large numbers, a sizeable number of test-takers get many questions right without breaking a sweat. The only 9 questions designed to test students' ability to really analyze and solve problems, would be laughable to the French 10th graders. Go explain that to someone who knows more about imprisonning people than education, and too fixated on DATA. As the saying goes, garbage in , garbage out : submit meaningless input to the computer, it will process it and produce meaningless output.
By contrast , the country of Blaise Pascal -- founder of modern probability -- has little taste for multiple-choice questions in assessing students knowledge.

To be fair, unlike the NY State Education Department, the French Ministry of Education that runs all exams nationwide, does not have to fear about lawsuits and political lynching mobs when an exam turns out to be "hard". Remember June 2003 Math A exam ?
"Though many districts have not finished tabulating their scores, superintendents, principals and math department heads are reporting preliminary results that some described yesterday as "abysmal," "disastrous" and "outrageous."
Here is a sample of headlines at the time to refresh memories :
New York Daily News: Test Mess Threatens Diplomas .
New York Newsday: Math Test Too Tough?
New York Post: Testy Teachers Blast 'Too Hard' Math Exam .
Rochester Democrat and Chronicle: Huge Numbers Fail Math Test .
Buffalo News: Many Seniors Fail Crucial Test .

Now, please, compare this infamous test with the French middle schools math test : which one is harder ?

While teacher quality is certainly a major issue in this country, it is only one facet of a bigger picture. The others, hypocritically ignored by the reformism tartuffes, are : incompetent administrators ; teachers treated as replaceable parts and their authority undermined ( a recipe to turn off the best) ; rampant student indiscipline ; public schools as source of patronage ; last but not least, parental irresponsibility, blatant in neighborhoods where "hard-to-staff" schools abound. In light of all this, what seems reasonable -- performance pay, student data to evaluate teachers, etc. -- becomes a farce.
Teacher unions are rightfully opposing the demand that teachers' legal protection (tenure) be sacrificed on the altar of the faux reformists' church.

QUESTIONS FROM MATH SURVEY QUIZ ADMINISTERED TO CUNY FRESHMEN


Question


Students who answered correctly

Write 3/8 as a decimal


34%

How much is 0.2 divided by 5.0 ?

44%

Find the value of 5 + 3 (4 + 6)

64%

Solve the equation x^2=9

10%

(SOURCE : A Report of the City University of NY Math Chairs. )
Apparently, ACCOUNTABILTY does not apply to Klein and Bloomberg

A Nice break from mercenary journalism

Andrew Wolf, NY Sun's reporter
"To base any evaluation of our schools on bogus testing — and even pay bonuses (with your tax dollars) on the basis of the state scores — is nonsensical (...)If the state scores are bogus, now increasingly accepted as fact, then the Bloomberg education legend is exposed as mythology." (Full Article)
I was unaware of CUNY's math survey until I recently read an article in the Daily News, months after I wrote : " we challenge him [Chancellor Klein, Esq.] to have an independant body evaluate the performance of 2007 high school graduates who went to college, just for 2007-2008 school year : 1) GPA ; 2) Math grade ; 3) English grade; 4) number of hours of remedial courses taken, if any." As far as math is concerned the chart above is a damning indictement of the Klein/Bloomberg's "reform". With 70% of its students coming from NYC School District, how does CUNY address the issue ? By offering summer remedial math courses -- a band-aid given the depth of the innumeracy.

 

 

HIGH-TECH LYNCHING OF A FIRST-RATE MATH TEACHER,
OLGA BATYREVA, MURRY BERGTRAUM HIGH SCHOOL (MBHS)



Olga Batyreva's capital sins : being over 60 and for reporting her supervisors' grades tampering to the SCI -- a subsequent investigation corroborated her assertions. No action was taken. Well, not quite, a different kind of action was taken : despite the fact that her students' success rate in school exams ( 55%) exceeds the school's average (45%), she was banished to the rubber room for incompetence -- barely two days after she alerted Joel Klein, Esq., the very person who has the least incentive to act, to put it mildly. Thus, Olga met the same fate as David Pakter's and other whistleblowers' who stood up for the children's welfare. The phony basis for this infamy ? An avalanche of reports of U-rated lesson observations by single-digit IQ supervisors.
The DOE is now seeking her termination in its kangaroo court's trial under NYC's discriminatory version of Section 3020-a of NY Education Law. The fact that Olga is also a Teachers4action's member, an organization that launched a federal lawsuit against the DOE/UFT, can only be classified as damning circumstances from a corrupt arbitrator's perspective. Before reading OLGA'S STORY , I suggest that you make sure you are not far from the bathroom : you might not be able to overcome an urge to vomit.

YVONNE ADONAI
A.P. and Head of The Math Department,
Medgar Evers Preparatory HS, Brooklyn,

Holds A Mere Bachelor's Degree In Math,
When A Master's Is Required To Be A Teacher In NY State !
Adonai and Wiltshire, principal (an impostor who paid me in Spring 1994 to do his academic work !), slapped me with 4 lesson observation U-ratings in less than 10 weeks -- to document my "incompetence". A glimpse into my "incompetence" : | 1 | 2 | 3 |


RUBBER ROOM MOVIE TRAILER

 

LISTENING TO THE VOICELESS

 

What's Happening To The New Blood ?

Fiction : the DOE's apprentice sorcerers present teaching fellows -- mostly professionals from various industries, or newly graduates (with social conscience) from top schools -- as wonderful substitute for the incompetent-burned-out-costly-tenured teachers clogging the system : they will increase teaching quality and reinvigorate the school system.
Reality : Non-tenured, cheap labor, they are dismissable at-will : " The UFT has filed a grievance on behalf of approximately 130 teaching fellows who face termination on Dec. 5 because they have no full-time teaching assignments. " NY Teacher, 11/06/08. We are talking about people recruited in September despite of hundreds of experienced teachers reduced to ATR work.
Many teaching fellows, disgusted with the rampant, systemic student discipline problems, disgusted with unsupportive, incompetent principals, leave on their own within months, unless suspicious charges abridged their new careers.

Breaking the Silence: Overcoming the Problem of
Principal Mistreatment of Teachers



DOE's Psychiatric Terror :
A remarkable kinship between
DOE's Abusive Implementation Of
NYS Ed Law Section 2568 And
The USSR's political, repressive use of psychiatry

A Sampler : | 1 2 3 4 |

 

 

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BREACH OF FIDUCIARY DUTY :
THE NYSUT DENIES TEACHERS4ACTION'S MEMBERS LEGAL REPRESENTATION
AT THEIR 3020-A HEARINGS, AS A RETALIATION FOR OUR LAWSUIT




... legal, legislative, or otherwise.



“I don't want arbitration. I want to be taken off this conveyor belt to death”
says a teacher in the Rubber Room

Rubber Room, where nearly 800 educators wait for their fates for years, as the DOE withholds information on the allegations made against them -- in my case, scheduled for late February 2008, I was banished on 12/7/2004 on allegations that proved flimsy.
My colleague's desperation stems from the profound mistrust of the discredited NY Education Law §§ 3020a proceeding in NYC. Our union, the UFT, long on rethorics, but short on substance and action, is part of the problem, that's why we are suing them : they live off our dues, but are unwilling to stand up for our rights :
Hearing officers are chosen jointly by the DOE and the UFT, but are paid for by the New York State Education Department. With New York City officers making up to $1,900 a day , it's a lucrative part-time job [ as compared to their usual rate under $1000], which some critics say leads these officers to overly compromising opinions. "You make a lot of money," says Julia Cohen, a lawyer who specializes in education law."You want to satisfy both sides."
The Village Voice April 24th, 2007


Who Recruits Incompetent Teachers ?
The UFT ? Recruiting incompetent teachers is a manifestation of the DOE administrators'incompetence.

 




OF FEAR, PARANOIA, AND CONTROL
An Essay By Arthur Miller, JD,
social studies teacher

 



RUBBER ROOM
IN THE MEDIA :

  • Class Dismissed
    The Village Voice

  • Whistle-blower axed -again
    This article lead to retaliation
    The New York Teacher
    Rubber Room of Despair
    The New York Teacher
  • "Meanwhile, some 700 sit collecting their paychecks in "rubber rooms" - limbo centers created by union rules that make it nearly impossible to fire incompetent, and sometimes criminal, teachers."
    The New York Pest 11/16/07 Editorial


    Historically, the teacher-bashing right wing paper is well known as the DOE's mouthpiece and attack dog, but its virulence has reached a new height under the Bloomberg-Klein's tenure. The charts in the opposite column conflict with their odious, inflammatory misrepresentation of the magnitude of teachers' misconduct in general in NYC Public Schools, and of child molestation in particular. For the decade 1995-2005, the 3020a data show that
    1) on average, 203 teachers were charged of various offenses under 3020a proceedings, with 30 acquitted.
    2) on average, 33 were charged for various sexual offenses -- from remarks of sexual nature to molestation -- with 10 acquitted. Again : for a whole decade.
    And yet, the Post's venomous articles over the last two years conveyed a false sense of crisis -- a school system besieged by teachers sexual predators. Think of it : why would only NY Post (and the Daily News) cover such "crisis" if it were true ? Are we enjoying some kind of immunity, not extended to catholic priests ? Sewage journalism is not uncommon, but it becomes highly worrisome when its poison percolates into people's minds with such efficiency.

    Meet Col Allan, New York Pest's
    disinformation in chief, DOE's attack dog

    A frustrated reader's reaction after reading the above article:

    "The New York Post should be closed down its business in America. A news media and tabloid such as the NY Post, which has been spreading the racism and bigotry for quite sometime, should not be allowed to operate in this country any longer. Along with this paper, both Mr. Murdoch and Mr. Allan should leave the US and settle back in their home country Australia for good."

    Targetting Arabs and muslims has long been the paper's main staple. The Post KKK members do not spare even the president of the United States.







 


CHANCELLOR KLEIN, ESQ., LOVES DATA. SO DO WE.

Frequency of 3020-a Charges
1995 -2005 statewide
Charges
Count
% of Total
Incompetence
176
30%
Improper Student Contact
128
22%
Corporal Punishment
59
10%
Insubordination
47
8%
Off Campus Misconduct
42
7%
Student Safety
21
4%
Cheating
21
4%
Lack of Certification
9
2%

Source : New York State School Boards Association

3020-a Decisions statewide
Year (1995-2005)
95
96
97
98
99
00
01
02
03
04
05
Total
Terminate
8
8
10
8
10
15
13
22
34
22
20
170
Unpaid Suspension
9
5
16
11
14
19
24
21
28
32
34
213
Fine
2
3
5
5
5
4
5
5
11
11
17
73
Reprimand
0
1
3
1
0
5
7
3
2
3
3
28
Acquit
3
4
8
3
5
11
17
16
10
4
4
85
Other
0
0
0
1
0
0
4
0
1
3
2
11
Total
22
21
42
29
34
54
70
67
86
75
80
580

In 2001, 13 teachers were terminated, 24 suspended without pay,
5 were fined, 7 reprimanded : less than 50 in total were punished for various misconducts for the whole state. Since the DOE and the UFT refuse to release NYC's figures, we will estimate them. 226,000 teachers work in New York state, with approximately 80,000 in NYC, i.e. 35 % of the total. Compare 35% of 50 (less than 18) to the 4326 city teachers accused of corporal punishment,with 1514 cases "substantiated", in 2001, according to Daily News :

Although teachers are forbidden to use physical force to discipline students, a Daily News investigation found that such allegations against teachers are rising.Last year, 4,326 city teachers were accused of corporal punishment - 200 more than the year before, Board of Education records show. Outpacing the rise in complaints was a 36% jump in the number of charges substantiated by principals or Board of Education investigators. A total of 1,514 cases were substantiated - meaning some evidence was found to support the charge - last year. That's 400 more than in 2000. ( Daily News January 29, 2002)

Let us convert this statement into a chart form :

Years
2000
2001
Number of cases
4126
4326
Number of "substantiated" cases
1114
1514


Statewide, 580 cases -- all categories, including corporal punishment-- went to the 3020-a proceeding. Where have the DOE's "substantiated cases" gone ? If they existed at all, they shoud have been prosecuted in 2001 and later. Now, statistics for 2000,2001, 2002,2003,2004,and 2005 do not reflect this "child abuse" epidemic : 54 + 70 + 67 + 86 + 75+ 80 = 432 cases -- all categories -- were prosecuted statewide over six years.
Even if we take into account the fact that the DOE has possibly terminated the majority because they were not tenured (which would exclude them from the above statistics) , the so-called "substantiated" numbers remain dubious, to say the least. There seemed to be the first salvos of disinformation concocted by the new chancellor in what would be a protracted war against teachers.(His tenure started in 2002 precisely.)

Once again, the number of 3020a cases for the whole decade 1995-2005 for the entire state is 580. On average, 35% of 580 or 203, were charged of misconduct in NYC over an entire decade, as opposed to the 800 currently imprisoned in the rubber rooms : teacher abuse under the Klein's administration is undisputable. The main reason of this obscenity is fiscal : DOE saves money by forcing senior teachers to resign or retire. Buying them out would be more honorable than falsely accusing them of misconduct, after they serve the institution for two or three decades.

The DOE's assault on tenured teachers is unabetted :


Years
Number of Inmates
March 2005
315
March 2006
500
March 2007
651
Sept. 2007
757

New York Post, 9/30/07


It is quite disturbing that this went on for so long under the UFT's watch. I am disappointed that Randi Weingarten, the UFT's president, would not release the NYC statistics by invoking the privacy issue, which is disingenuous : do the above statistics violate someone's privacy ?

How many cases of sexual nature were recorded in the last decade ?
Please, read on.

Outcomes of 3020-a Cases Based on Improper Remarks, Physical Contact and Relationships of a Sexual Nature Involving Students
1995 -2004 statewide

Nature of Charge

Acquitted Terminated Suspended
Without Pay
Fined Reprimanded Total
Sexual relation with a student
0
5
0
0
0
5
Improper contact of sexual nature
17
10
13
1
5
46
Attempt to establish improper
relationship with a student
1
5
4
1
0
11
Remark of sexual nature
10
3
14
5
1
33
Total
28
23
31
7
6
95


The number of convicted teacher child molesters for a whole decade in the entire state with its 226,000 teachers ? Not the hundreds. No : 23 terminated , 31 suspended without pay,7 fined. In total, 61 cases for 12 years for the entire state : on average 5 molesters per year over 12 years ! Less than 2 cases in NYC public schools on average : 1.75 to 1,100,000 million students. Compare this figure to Roman Catholic's pedophile cases, for instance.
Klein's tenure started in 2002. Can someone explain why, all of sudden, the DOE engaged in its nauseous rethoric about child molesters in the rubber room ? The media are awashed with molesters stories. So, what happened in 2006 and 2007 that did not happen in the previous decade ? For one thing, media-lover SCI lent a hand : they would trumpet the "great " number of "substantiated" cases which is not synonymous to guilty, and leak pending cases to the wolves. They substitute themselves for the judge and defame an entire profession with their insinuations.

In light of the magnitude and the systemic abuse of teachers, lawsuits against both the DOE and the UFT, such as Teachers4action's, are inevitable. We cannot allow immoral, arrogant administrators to trample on our dignity and constitutional rights, in all impunity.





The UFT Story :
Fighting Teacher Abuse


The Legacy of Randi Weingarten
(updated on 4//08)



CROSS-EXAMINING RICHARD MARIN, THE THUGGISH DIRECTOR OF INFORMATION SYSTEMS AT THE SCI THE TRUTH CAME OUT :
Here is the proof that the SCI -- DOE's militia branch along with the OSI-- broke into the server hosting this website. More specifically, Richard Marin broke into a private server and copied an entire directory, MCHS, with subdirectories and files, and presented them as evidence to frame a teacher. As part of the discovery of the administrative trial, their "evidence" came in the form of a CD containing the files AND the picture of the index of the folder MCHS. That's all Im needed to expose these bloody liars.


QUOTATIONS

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"Sexual abuse" is one of the most common ways for kids to get back at teachers.
Helene Tarasow, NYC Guidance Counselor and Rubber Room Occupant, referring to students threatening teachers with bringing false accusations, a common practice in NYC schools
(
quoted in www.rubberroommovie.com )

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MY ACCUSERS

1. STUDENT A CASE 04-8383

"Student A asked for a makeup test. Teacher refused. Student went to the principal. Principal instructed Teacher to give student test. When Principal left, Teacher threw test paper at student A causing a paper cut on her nose (...) Sometimes Teacher used cell phone in class for 5 minutes then hung up; spoke negatively about Dr. Wiltshire ; about how Dr. Wiltshire tried to steal his girlfriend. Student A felt that these personal issues are inappropriate. Teacher curses out students; curses at students individually..."

Excerpts from the notes of OSI's investigator Robert Colon ( 3/7/2005 ), made as he was interviewing
female student A,
a fifteen-year-old 10th grader.
Comments : "Wiltshire tried to steal his girlfriend." This shady character from New York's demimonde, stealing my girlfriend ? For a starter, he would need a hell of jogging to shed the fat that seems to choke his synapses and impair his judgement.

2. STUDENT A CASE 04-8385

"Student A was hot (illegible) She asked Teacher if she could open the window. Teacher did not respond. Student A rose and opened the window. Teacher told student A "What the hell are you doing? Get out. Get the fuck out of the room", screaming teacher charged student A "Fucking idiot. Fucking stupid. Fucking ignorant" to student in this particular . This happened often."

Excerpts from the notes of OSI's investigator Robert Colon ( 3/7/2005 ), made as he was interviewing
female student A,
a sixteen-year-old 10th grader.


Comments
: In each case, the alleged abuse took place in a class of about 30. None other students corroborated the allegations. I love the phrase "This happened often". I cross-examined Robert Colon : some of his answers are worth reporting : stay tuned.
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AGE DISCRIMINATION :

THE UFT 'S COMPLAINT WITH THE EEOC IN 2005
clearly shows how well informed the union was
about the rubber room's central issues : administrators abusing, framing and sending teachers to the rubber room, denying them the basic due process, vilifying them in the media as "criminals", and treating them as such in the reassigment centers. It takes months, if not years, before the reassigned teacher learns of the allegations made against him/her -- I am speaking from experience ! When does our union plan to take forceful, not symbolic, action against this obscene, systematic institutional abuse ? Members'complaints are getting louder and louder, and they are no longer reluctant about taking strong actions against the union.
"Expediting cases" ,Randi's leitmotiv, is far from addressing our main concerns. The rubber room thing will be the defining moment of her leadership.



NYC'S Secret Guide
On Firing Teachers


NY Education Law
•  Section 3020a
Section 2568





TEACHERS TENURE
"
We cannot afford to give lifetime job security to teachers who haven't helped their students learn."
Chancellor Klein, Daily News 4/8/08

While the DOE is misleading the public about teachers tenure and their alleged incomptence, corrupt, incompetent administrators are destroying the New York City Public Schools :
"In New York City, decades of law enforcement investigations, city and state audits, political commission reports, grand jury reports, citizen group studies, and media exposes paint a portrait of a school system that has been afflicted by wrongs : theft, extortion, political patronage, nepotism, bribery, fraud, and even murders and suicides." Battling Corruption, by Lydia G. Segal.

This has been going on since the inception of the public schools systems in the late nineteen century, which prompted the New York state's legislature to protect teachers by establishing the tenure law in 1917. Teachers tenure is about due process -- why would society grant teachers lifetime job security ?


When fish starts rotting, it is always from the head. A sample : | 1 | 2 | 3 |

What Tenure Is & What It Is Not



Candlelight Vigil at DOE Headquarters

Light : Antidote To Darkness And Insanity




HALL OF THE DOE'S INFAMY


Sample Of Bogus Charges Brought
Against Teachers and Other Staff Members

| 1 2 3 4 5 |

The information age gives you a unique opportunity to fight back. Don't let rogue principals and administrators abuse you in all impunity : expose them -- just facts and documentation. Put the Whistleblower's law into practice.



SELECTED SITES

"The Rubber Room"
(a documentary in the making)



British Teacher Abuse Version