This blog has reported on Marilyn Martinez at CPE1 in Manhattan who took on an abusive principal on behalf of her school and is now facing a termination hearing. It appears from this vantage point that Marilyn's main offense was to disagree with Principal Monika Garg, which is now a misdeed in the New York City school system where a teacher's job can be put on the line.
We have also noted how my wife UFT Delegate Camille Eterno has defended teachers and others at Humanities and the Arts Magnet High School in Queens against a very abusive administration led by Kayode Ayetiwa and AP Matina Stergiopolous. Administration has retaliated by writing up Camille in a negative way because of her advocacy work. Camille is taking a childcare leave but the heat continues at the school. The Chapter Leader has been hospitilized and Camille is still receiving threatening letters and improper negative observation reports. We featured Humanities in the Arts as part of a piece on horrible administrators in Queens High Schools we did at the end of last year. Nothing I know of has improved since that time in any of the schools we wrote about.
Union activists should receive extra protection from their union but in 2017 activists are not safe. That has a chilling effect on the rank and file.
Being active in the opt out from testing movement is also now a dangerous career move if one is a teacher.
This is from Chicago DNA Info.
LITTLE VILLAGE — A lauded special education teacher at Maria Saucedo Scholastic Academy in Little Village soon could be fired, and parents across the city are fighting her ouster.
Sarah Chambers, an eight-year teacher at the school and a leader who has advocated for students with special needs across the city, has been suspended from her job, she confirmed last week. On Monday, Chicago Public Schools officials said they have moved to fire Chambers.
In a statement, CPS officials said Chambers is accused of violating Illinois State Board of Education and Chicago Board of Education policies.
"Ms. Chambers engaged in misconduct that created cause to move to dismiss her," said Emily Bittner, a CPS spokeswoman.
Bittner declined to say what CPS policies Chambers allegedly violated. Chambers said she is accused of encouraging a student to opt out of the PARCC test, an annual standardized test given to students in third through eighth grades and high school, a charge she denies.
Chambers said Saucedo parents come from a "strong activist culture" and make their own decision to opt out of PARCC testing.
Chambers now can present her case against dismissal to an independent Illinois State Board of Education hearing officer. A hearing has not been scheduled, a Chicago Teachers Union official said.
The union said CPS is moving to fire Chambers for criticizing CPS, and it will fight the firing, union spokesman Ronnie Reese said.
When news of Chambers' suspension spread, parents and teachers launched a petition online in support of her, urging CPS not to fire the "distinguished, award-winning teacher."
Within 24 hours, more than 1,000 people had signed the petition. As of Tuesday morning, more than 2,100 people had signed.
Chambers, who is co-chairwoman of the union's special education task force, was notified of the suspension Thursday. She claimed CPS is moving to fire her in retaliation for union organizing and for standing up for the needs of her special education students.
"I was in complete shock. I'm a distinguished teacher, and I've never been written up before," Chambers told DNAinfo. "I truly believe it's because I'm being a leader and advocating for the rights of special education students around the city."
Please sign the petition to support Sarah Chambers.
Since it is open season on union activists and it looks like is a national problem, where is our national union, the AFT, led by Randi Weingarten? We need more than some petitions and grievances.