Retired teacher Norm Scott and the wonderful, dedicated New York teachers and parents and friends of Central Park East 1 (CPE1) have done it! Through their amazing reporting and participation on exposing the unlawful charges filed against Marilyn Martinez , a teacher at Central Park East 1, there was an exceptional outcry against the NYC Department of Education and the United Federation of Teachers for allowing this to happen. Everyone should rush to his blog and review his posts on exactly what happened.
It takes a community, sometimes, to win a case.
Norm has not worked on 3020-a and does not have any first hand information about how it works or about any of the arbitrators, however he never mentions me, my blog, or blog posts on his blog Ed Notes Online, or posts any of my information on 3020-a.
I don't have all the first hand information about NYC schools and the Department that Norm has, so we are not competitors in any way.
Luckily, I dont need Norm's stamp of approval for my work, as my experience and expertise is 3020-a, and I do not have the same animosity towards him. So, I commend him for his work on this case! Norm and all the supporters of Marilyn Martinez, who showed up at 100 Gold Street despite the fact that Marilyn did not have an open and public hearing, showed arbitrator Burrell that the charges were based on nothing but Principal Garg's unconscionable vindictiveness and retaliation.
I also praise Arbitrator Dean Burrell for his excellent decision.
|Arbitrator Dean Burrell|
He is new to the permanent panel in NYC, and is one of the best arbitrators currently there.
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|Supporters of Marilyn Martinez in the waiting room at 100 Gold Street, 3020-a arbitration hearing office|
MORE/NA elect 7 HS Ex Bd reps who begin bringing them to Ex Bd meetings soon after Marilyn - the CL - removed in February-- the impact hits union leaders right in the face.
Fact is both Estrella and Garg have committed acts of a vendetta that should get them both fired. But we know supervisors will never go away -- like Townsend Harris' Rosemary Jahoda is sitting somewhere waiting for a new assignment -- and there are rumors she was offered some principalships which is like putting Willie Sutton in charge of running a bank.
Mulgrew - you can say we all put enough pressure on him -- did play a role behind the scenes in demanding Marilyn Martinez be returned to the classroom -- but that is her legal right - and any teacher winning a 3020a should be returned -- it shouldn't take a massive parent protest, sit-ins and boycotts.
That the issue was about Marilyn supposedly giving a parent advice on getting into the school was the cause of the youngest children losing their teacher for 2 months and 3020a firing charge- with Garg luring in a parent and taping her - while telling parents she had no role in the removal of Marilyn - should cause her instant dismissal and charges filed against her. She did the same with the other teacher who has been out of there for 15 months - using a more serious charge of corporal punishment -- also made up - the parent of the child testified for the teacher. I think the teachers have grounds for a personal law suit against Garg and Estrella and possibly Farina.
This is where the UFT is failing -- failing to call public attention to these outrages.
The NY Times' Kate Taylor has another poorly reported and biased story today:
Examine these 2 paragraphs:
But an arbitrator found the accusations unsubstantiated and dismissed the charges.
And then there's the role the district rep, Servia Silva played favoring Garg and Estrella, something we witnessed in person when she gave the pro-Garg crew that showed up at the Ex Bd meeting an effusive greeting while she ignored the vet teachers who have been fighting Garg. We saw no sign of Silva meeting after meeting when parents en masse showed up. I never saw Silva at one of the hearings for Marilyn.
Let's be clear -- all tenured teachers were under investigation by Garg starting in the fall of 2015 -- no red flag at the UFT? They came to MORE in frustration in Feb/March 2016 but after that they took control on their own --some of us came out to support them when we could. They came back to MORE for help in March 2017 after Marilyn was facing 3020a hearings- and we suggested they come to the Ex Bd. But before that there was no reaction at the UFT --- I know - they will claim behind the scenes -- but in fact with these flimsy charges against a CL who fought the principal, the UFT should have raised the riot act when she was removed and charged -- there are many teachers under investigation who remain teaching as long as children aren't involved.
Why did it take the UFT over a year to take note of this situation? Why does so much of the UFT hierarchy seem to be in bed with administrators?
The lesson is that we must shine the light on the cockroaches to flush out the UFT leadership into taking some action, even if weak.