We read with great interest the recent New York Times story about Glenn Storman, a guidance counselor at P.S.212 who won a major victory in New York County Supreme Court when a judge ordered his "U"- rating reversed. While Javier Hernandez did an excellent job describing the frustration that Storman has endured we were left with more questions about the story than we had answers.
In the article Storman is quoted that the ordeal has been very costly to him. In his petition to the court to overrule his "u"-rating he asked for $100,000 in damages due to the DOE's denial of per session activities, including summer school and its affect on his pension benefits. This was denied by the court.
Additionally, where was the UFT in all of this? The reporter describes the appeals and two court actions, including a trip to the Appellate Division, in this tragedy but no where does he describe any involvement by our union.
Storman, according to his lawsuit, was not represented in court by union lawyers. It appears that he had to go to personal expense and hire his own lawyer, no doubt adding to his unreimbursed damages.
We applaud Storman in his fight but we are left wondering….what about the rest of us?