If anyone is really interested in fixing, the New York City School's, they could start by cleaning house at Tweed headquarters. Chancellor Carmen Farina made her biggest mistake by keeping most of Mayor Bloomberg's appointments in place at the Central Department of Education.
Next on the agenda if we one day get a pro-public education Chancellor is to end the war on teachers by reigning in what are clearly a set of really horrible administrators in many of the schools.
Sue Edelman has a story in the NY Post on an assistant principal from Brooklyn named Diana Rendon who was caught on camera boozed up, falling off a bed in a hotel during a school retreat. This 33 year old assistant principal has the power to ruin careers of teachers through subjective observations using the Danielson Framework.
Staffers said the images were brought to light because Rendon, despite her fun-loving behavior, was a bullying administrator who created a “culture of fear.”
At the end of the 2014-15 school year, some 25 teachers — nearly half the staff — left the school.
“It was posed as an optional weekend of professional development,” one employee said of the retreat. “But if you refused to go you would be retaliated against in the form of negative observations.”
People like this need to be stopped if there is any chance of restoring teacher confidence and moving the school system ahead with what it most lacks in too many places: integrity.