Sometimes I feel as if schools in danger of closing are fighting alone with the DOE for basic fairness but tonight I read a story that makes me feel that we are not the lone voices that aren't being heard.
Arthur Goldstein, Chapter Leader at "A rated" Francis Lewis, has explained over at Gothamschools.org in his unique style why the UFT Contract is basically useless at the current time. Even after an arbitrator ordered the DOE to lower class sizes at Lewis, they did not comply and there are no consequences for them.
In a similar situation at Jamaica, the secretaries recently won a grievance that school aides were doing their work and administration just marches merrily along as if nothing happened. Who cares that our data is in disarray and our school was closed based on faulty data?
Speaking of that closure, a judge ruled in March that nineteen schools including Jamaica must remain open and the DOE acts as if the ruling didn't occur and continues to open new schools in our buildings.
I'm guessing there are many parallel stories all over the city of administration outright ignoring decisions that are supposed to have the force of law.
The message to our kids is that laws are there to be broken by Tweed.
Where is the mighty, mighty union that our former president used to refer to as an 800 pound gorilla?