Nope, nada, nyet, not exactly. What the UFT and DOE did was MOVE the people from the infamous warehouses (8 in all, see my article linked here) and scatter them around town so that no one could TALK to anyone else. The problem, Bloomberg and Klein finally realized, was that the 100+ people in most of the sites were talking about their charges, the 'investigators' etc., and they were finding common false claims, lies, and outright stupidity.
As we now know, Mayor Mike and his worker bee Joel Klein wanted to remove tenured teachers from the school system because, they believe - and so does the UFT - that all tenured people do no work. Tenure rights assure the person who holds these rights that he or she cannot lose his or her job no matter what happens, so no work means more play at work.
What does not matter to the mega billionaires of the world is, the truth.Facts. All that matters is their Truth, and making sure that everyone else sees their Truth the same way they do.
So, all the pleas and all the documentation of very good, hard-working, tenured NYC Department of Education employees telling the mega billionaires and their wanna-bees how different their views were from the Truth made no difference, because the rich dont have to listen to the non-rich.
The internet and social media are changing these rules.
On the internet, the mega rich and the non-rich are on common ground. Okay, maybe the mega-rich 1% can have a more glitzy look to the company blog, and maybe the home page can blink and burp in color and with catchy tunes, but so what. That's what I love about Facebook. Everyone has the same stuff on their facebook pages, in terms of format, pictures, status, etc. We are all the Same even though we are totally unique.
This is also why I love to document each and every "rubber room" case: every case is totally unique, yet has similarities that intrigue, frustrate and anger anyone who hears about the story.
There is a reason why I love the story of Francesco Portelos.
He knew that the minute his principal, Linda Hill, started coming for him, that he needed to have the whole world in on the journey.
His blog, "Dont Tread On Mr. Portelos" in my
first article on his journey is now
"DtOE - Dont Tread on Educators"
Here's some more background from FP:
How They Went After The Wrong Guy
|Principal Linda Hill|