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Saturday, May 21, 2022

Mayor Adams' Support Disappears After He Shows Discriminatory Intent Allowing Unvaxxed Baseball Players and Performers To Work And Now The NYPD Puts the COVID Mandate "on Pause"

 

Municipal workers of the city march across Brooklyn bridge and rally at City Hall Park against vaccination mandate in New York in October 2021.
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The NY POST reports today that the New York City Police Department is putting the COVID vaccine mandate - which states that all workers must get vaccinated or will be terminated - on "pause" for now. The reasoning is that there are almost 5,000 NYPD employees who remain unvaccinated, and as the City is in turmoil because of rising violence, those people should remain on the job in order to support the Mayor's policy of  'fighting crime'.... if he is, indeed, fighting for an end to the deadly crime seen on the evening news every day.

No one is sure that Mayor Adams is doing anything but going out at night to party or be seen with celebrities. He is quickly losing the support of the voters in New York City.

Or, his efforts to allegedly protect the City of New York from a COVID resurgence could all be a secret strategy to bust the UFT and the teachers who have requested medical or religious exemptions and have been punished by the Adams administration. While only about 3% of the City's teachers have requested exemptions from taking the vaccine, and 163 have been granted their requests (numbers submitted to Federal Court in the Keil case), the unconstitutional limits placed on an individual's religious beliefs were forced upon every public employee in the City.

 Indeed, the City issued over 97 different specifically applicable vaccine mandates forcing everyone to violate their faith not just to maintain their careers at the NYC Department of Education, but to work anywhere, in any field, in NYC. This series of Emergency Executive Orders eviscerated any argument that these Mandates were neutral or generally applicable.

On March 24, 2022, Mayor Adams issued Emergency Executive Order 62 (“EEO 62”), carving out athletes, entertainers and their entourages for special exemption from the City’s vaccine mandates, not because they posed any less risk but because the Mayor felt that the City’s economic health would benefit. Eric Adams has stated publicly that he loves baseball. 

The  Order 62 explains: 

"New York City athletic teams have been, and continue to be, at a competitive disadvantage because visiting teams can field unvaccinated players, and this competitive disadvantage has negatively impacted, and continues to negatively impact, New York City teams’ success, which is important to the City’s economic recovery and the morale of City residents and visitors." 

Adams introduced EEO 62 in a live press conference.  In the press conference, the mayor made several bold statements: 

"I’ve always said over and over again, we’re going to focus on the science, we’re going to do what’s right, and we’re going to make sure we’re healthy. And being healthy is not only physically healthy. It’s economically healthy. . .. In our nightlife, we’re going to keep our nightlife industry thriving, a $35.1 billion industry. Everything from the cook, the dishwasher, the bartender, the bus boy or girl all feeds into this nightlife industry. And by putting our home teams on equal playing field, we increase their chances of winning. And that has a real impact on our city. This is just not fans in the stands, but it is people in the stores. Every time a championship or a game is played here at Yankee or Met Stadium." 

And then on May 21, 2022, the NYPD has put firing cops and employees on "pause" during the summer, when crime statistics and the heat rises.

Nothing changes for teachers. If any employees of the NYC DOE claim exemptions for narrowly defined, limited-time medical or religious beliefs, they are labelled as deliberately resigning their jobs or quitting, and must be fired.

Several weeks ago at an Unemployment insurance Appeals Board hearing, the representative for the NYC DOE put it this way: 

as the New York City Department of Education is under Mayoral control, anything that the Mayor orders becomes the terms of employment for all employees of the NYC DOE. Claimant has no right to unemployment benefits since she did not get the vaccine even though she was warned that City Hall would fire her. Thus, she quit her job.

None of this is good government, and the little hope that anyone had for Adams' success at bringing New York City back to a thriving center of health and goodwill is almost gone.

Our opinion:

Lawless absurdity creates irreparable harm.

 Betsy Combier

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NYPD puts 4,650 vaccine firings on hold: insiders

By Susan Edelman and Dean Balsamini, NY POST, May 21, 2022

The city’s vaccine mandate has been put on “pause” for the NYPD so the force can avoid losing nearly 5,000 cops and employees as the weather — and crime — heats up, The Post has learned.

Currently, 91 percent of the NYPD’s uniformed cops and other personnel are vaccinated, City Hall says. That leaves an estimated 4,659 NYPD employees unvaccinated despite a deadline to get the shots by Oct. 29. 

“In a nutshell, no decisions will be made, no further members will be forced to leave until further notice,” said a veteran NYPD sergeant, explaining the unwritten rule. “There hasn’t been any memo, just basically keep everything status quo and if issues arise we will revisit it down the road.”

Last month, an undisclosed number of officers received final notices rejecting their requests for religious or medical exemptions to the COVID-19 vaccine mandate for municipal employees.

But an unspecified number of requests remain pending, letting cops and others in a state of limbo keep working. 

One veteran NYPD cop who works in Brooklyn said he was forced to get the vax last month after his appeal for a religious exemption was denied. “I got an email saying if I didn’t get the shot I would be placed on leave without pay and face termination.”

But he added that he knew cops who called the personnel bureau “after the newest denials came down this week.” They were told “the NYPD is not taking any action against anyone who is not vaccinated at this point.”

Said the officer: “For anyone who has been fighting up until this point I am happy there seems to be a pause and hopefully it’s permanent. I can’t undo having to get the shot.” 

As of November, NYPD employees had filed 6,170 requests for religious or medical exemptions, the Gothamist reported.

The city on Friday did not give the status of those requests when asked by The Post.

Michael Kane, who heads Teachers for Choice, a group fighting COVID vaccine mandates for Department of Education and other city employees, called it unfair that any such pause would not take effect across the board.  

“Why are certain city workers getting treated like they are [Brooklyn Nets star and anti-vaxxer] Kyrie Irving and why are other city workers being treated like they are expendable?” he asked.

“It seems that they need to do it because there’s basically a crime wave in New York City,” Kane said, suggesting that depleting the troops would handcuff public safety efforts. “They’re going to be laying off cops, firing cops, trying to pressure and coerce them to get a shot? Tons of them are retiring. Especially for this new mayor, who wants to be the law and order Mayor. He’s kind of stuck.” 

Kane noted the mandates were not Mayor Adams’ program, but “the de Blasio legacy … I feel like the city’s case against us is crumbling.”

NYC Mayor Adams lifts vaccine mandate for pro athletes, performers

By , Reuters, March 24, 2022

March 24 (Reuters) - New York Mayor Eric Adams said on Thursday he was lifting the city's COVID-19 vaccine mandate for professional athletes and performers, allowing unvaccinated Brooklyn Nets star Kyrie Irving to play at home and lifting a cloud ahead of Major League Baseball's opening day.

Adams said he signed an order exempting New York City-based athletes and performers from the city's private employer vaccine mandate imposed by former Mayor Bill de Blasio. That mandate requires private-sector workers to show proof of vaccination.

"We are doing it because the city has to function," he said during a news conference at Citi Field, home to the New York Mets. "New York City is at a low-risk environment so today we take another step in the city's economic recovery."

The announcement comes two days after Adams made masks optional for children aged 2 to 4 in school and daycare earlier this week. read more

In January, at the height of the Omicron variant-driven COVID-19 surge, New York City recorded a seven-day positivity rate of 20% - meaning one-in-five people tested for COVID had the virus. That rate has drastically fallen and stood at 1.4% this week, State of New York data showed.

The city's vaccine mandate remains in place for police officers. The union representing New York City's 36,000 officers has sued the city, calling the vaccine mandate "arbitrary and capricious."

"If the mandate isn't necessary for famous people, then it's not necessary for the cops who are protecting our city in the middle of a crime crisis," the union's president, Patrick Lynch, said on Twitter on Thursday.

Irving, a seven-time National Basketball Association All-Star who is unvaccinated, sat out the first two months of the current season. The city's vaccine mandate prevented him from playing in home games. On Jan. 5, Irving played his first road game of the season against the Indiana Pacers.

Adams, who took office in January, kept the mandate in place despite complaints that the athletes could play in other cities and practice with their teams outside the city.

Unvaccinated performers will also be able to once again take the stage at venues like Madison Square Garden and Broadway. They have been unable to do so since the mandate was put into place.

The loosening of the restrictions comes in time for Major League Baseball's opening day on April 7 after a lockout forced a brief postponement. Some prominent New York baseball players such as Yankees slugger Aaron Judge have been evasive about their vaccine status.

The New York Yankees will play their home opener on April 7 while the New York Mets will welcome back fans on April 15.

Reporting by Brendan O'Brien in Chicago; Editing by Bill Berkrot

Sunday, May 15, 2022

The NYC Department of Education's Secret 561,000 Square foot Building in Queens

44-36 Vernon Boulevard, Queens N.Y.
Many years ago I heard that every employee who works for the Department of Education has three personnel files: one stored in their school principal's office, another stored in Human Resources at 65 Court Street (Brooklyn),  and one stored in a Long Island warehouse.

I wonder if this massive building is that third location.

Betsy Combier

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INSIDE NYC’S LITTLE-KNOWN DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION BUILDING

Max Scott, 

The Department of Education (DoE) building is a massive 561,000 square foot City-owned facility in Long Island City, Queens. It was built in 1948 by the Works Progress Administration when the industrial Anable Basin area was home to John D. Rockefeller’s Standard Oil storage tanks and a giant open-cut freight rail yard. While it originally opened for use by the New York City Department of Purchase, the extinct city department that handled the purchasing of goods and services by the City of New York, for most of its life the building has been used to house the operations and offices of the Department of Education. 

The Department of Education has conducted its operations out of 44-36 Vernon Boulevard for decades, and over time a variety of different uses have been carved into the open-plan interior of the building. One such use is a technical workshop. Because so many of the schools that the Department of Education runs are at least 100 years old, much of their equipment is old and requires specialized maintenance and repairs. This workshop is used to do those unique repairs and rebuild machinery that hasn’t been on the market for decades.

A significant portion of the building is also used to house the offices of the Department of Education’s administrative staff. The building was constructed using giant concrete pilings to hold up each floor, which allows for the open-plan office style seen above. Cubicles can be found spread out across multiple floors of the building, often coexisting alongside workshops and storage spaces.

Another one of the Department of Education building’s many uses is as a center of distribution for the entire New York City school system. All of the dry food for schools across the city is stored, sorted, and shipped from this building by using its four loading docks and four freight elevators. What’s even more remarkable, this entire process takes place in the early morning hours from 3 a.m. to 7 a.m., making it almost invisible to the average New Yorker.

In 2012, the basement of the Department of Education building was flooded when Hurricane Sandy ravaged New York with a ten foot storm surge. The floodwaters took out the building’s boilers and two of the four freight elevators. As a result, a temporary boiler has powered the building for the last decade and they continue to operate only half of their freight elevators.

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The building’s roof offers stunning panoramic views of the East River and Manhattan skyline. The majority of the roof area currently sits unused, although it’s structurally sound and could potentially support creative uses like a rooftop farm. The land just to the north of the Department of Education building is privately owned and awaiting redevelopment, but during the years that it’s lied fallow, nature has started to make a comeback.

Even though the structure loomed over Vernon Boulevard and the surrounding waterfront for almost 70 years, it remained in relative obscurity due to its lack of public access. However, in late 2018 Amazon announced that it was looking to build a second headquarters on the site surrounding the Department of Education building, suddenly thrusting it into the public eye. A groundswell of community organizing and protesting against Amazon’s proposed HQ2 led local City and State elected officials to turn against the major redevelopment plan, and Amazon ultimately pulled out of the deal on Valentine’s Day 2019. Since then, many of those same organizers have been putting together a community-based plan for the renovation and reuse of the Department of Education building, which they are calling the Queensboro People’s Space.

The Queensboro People’s Space is a proposal by the non-profit Western Queens Community Land Trust (WQCLT) to use the community land trust model to renovate and reactivate the Department of Education building as long-term, deeply affordable commercial space. The QPS project is the culmination of over two years of outreach conducted by the WQCLT, who crystallized the multiple visions for this community hub into an architectural feasibility study produced by Bagchee Architects. The QPS plan would provide democratically-managed, low rent space to four main sectors that have been increasingly pushed out of Long Island City: arts, manufacturing, food justice, and healthcare.

If you want to learn more about the project then you can join the Western Queens Community Land trust at noon on May 14th outside in front of the Department of Education building at 44-36 Vernon Boulevard in Long Island City for their Public Launch event. There will be music, food, and speeches by the dozens of partner organizations, community members, and elected officials who support the QPS.

Wednesday, May 11, 2022

The NYC Department of Education Adds Insult To Injury: Wants To Hire Teachers For Remote Teacher iZone 2022-2023

 



After hundreds of teachers asked for religious or medical exemptions from getting the COVID vaccine and were summarily fired or suspended without pay and their fingerprints put into the problem code database permanently blocking them from getting paid for any DOE job in NYC, the teachers found the ad posted below on INDEED and other employment websites.

The teachers who requested an exemption are good teachers, yet punished for not getting vaxxed. They all worked from March 2020 to June 2021 remotely, or in their schools, without a problem, until Eric Adams and the NYC Department of Health issued the COVID Mandate which ordered everyone to get the vaccine or be terminated. most tried to Grieve, got denied at Step 1, then either denied at Step 2 or blocked from Step 2 by the UFT. No one was given a 3020-a arbitration, although the Contract with the UFT says that no one's salary may be reduced in any way until after they go to a full hearing with an arbitrator, face their accusers, and tell their story.

And now the Department wants to hire new teachers to work remotely, exactly what the unvaxxed teachers wanted to do.

Now those teachers who are left in NYC - after many have fled the State - will have to sue to get their jobs back and/or their names cleared, which could take a long time and use a lot of money that these educators don't have.

What an insult, Mr. Banks and Mayor Adams!

See also:

The New York City Department of Education's "Problem Code" is an Unlawful Flag on an Employee's Fingerprints

In NYC the Absent Teacher Reserve and The Rubber Room Are Both Strategies For Unlawful Denial of Tenure Job Protections

The OPI Problem Code and How To Get Off of It

Betsy Combier

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TEACHER VACANCY CIRCULAR NO 4 CENTRAL REMOTE TEACHERS iZONE 2022 2023

NYC Department of Education

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TEACHER VACANCY CIRCULAR NO 4 CENTRAL REMOTE TEACHERS iZONE 2022 2023

·         Posted Date: May 6, 2022 Deadline: Jun 3, 2022

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·         New York United States

VIRTUAL

Job Details

(SUBJECT TO BUDGET AVAILABILITY)

POSITION:

Teacher - Central

Remote Instruction Teachers

License/Eligibility Requirements:

New York City licensed Social Studies, Science, English, Foreign Language, Math and Health tenured teachers in High School Grade Levels.

Office:

iZone

Location:

82-01 Rockaway Blvd, Ozone Park, NY 11416

Or other DOE offices

Remote Teachers

Position Summary:

Virtual Learning Classrooms aim to partner teachers from around the city with students to provide them with increased access to courses not available in their home schools, including, but not limited to Electives, AP Courses, and Foreign Language courses. This posting is for teachers interested in teaching in this full time program from September 2022 - June 2023. Remote instruction teachers will deliver instruction to and communicate with high school students in other locations using internet and required technological platforms. Please note that while students will not be in the same location as the teacher, this is an in person teaching position.

Remote Teachers are licensed teachers of high school grade levels who teach students virtually. Remote teachers will teach students in the following subject areas: Advanced Placement Subjects (Including but not limited to, AP Psychology, AP Spanish, AP US History, AP World History, AP Government, AP Calculus AB/BC, AP Macroeconomics, AP Statistics, AP Computer Science Principles and A, AP Environmental Science, AP English Language and Literature, and AP Seminar), electives (Including but not limited to, Forensics, Health, Media Literacy, Financial Literacy, science electives, Computer Science and Business) and Foreign Languages (Including but not limited to, Spanish, Chinese and French). Other subjects may be added. Students may be enrolled from multiple schools simultaneously, but total class size will not exceed contractual limits. Remote Teachers will be expected to participate in 10 sessions of professional learning workshops including an online course leading to a Learning Management System certification to occur during July and/or August prior to commencement of position with remaining on-going professional learning during the year and will be paid at the per session rate for work beyond the contractual workday/work year. Remote teachers will perform required duties (including corresponding with home school staff, planning for remote instruction and assessment, communication and conferencing with students and/or parents). Duties and responsibilities are intended to emulate traditional teaching paradigms and create an equitable learning experience.

Reports to:

DIIT iZone Supervisor

QUALIFICATIONS:

·         Minimum of four (4) years of teaching experience as a regularly appointed teacher. Knowledge of the common core standards as it relates to course.

·         Extensive knowledge of the New York State and City Standards, meets Advanced Placement requirements (as appropriate) and is licensed in subject matter.

·         Demonstrated expertise in an online learning environment designing and implementing standards-based instruction that specifies clear learning objectives, includes engaging activities and authentic assessments to measure mastery.

·         Willingness to promote online dialogue to deepen the learning experience.

·         Demonstrated ability with written and oral communications emphasis placed on the delivery of digital presentations.

·         Demonstrated ability to use online learning, communication and other edtech tools as appropriate.

·         Can differentiate instruction for individuals or groups of students based on instructional data and analysis as well as student characteristics.

·         Can sustain and document flexible teaching schedules, which account for asynchronous and synchronous activities that are student-centered and maintain high standards for student engagement and success.

·         Selected candidates will be asked to facilitate a demonstration lesson or planning activity to demonstrate aforementioned qualifications.

PREFERRED SKILLS:

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·         Demonstrated skill in team building, group dynamics, and facilitating collaborative learning.

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·         Proven history of being a self-starter who works well without constant supervision.

DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:

·         Demonstrate competency in using data from assessments and other data sources to modify content and guide student learning.

·         Modify engaging content and appropriate assessments in an online environment.

·         Provide quality instruction to students using asynchronous and synchronous teaching methods (I.e. asynchronous = discussion forums, group work, written and digital assignments, posted content. Synchronous = online classrooms, webinars, chat rooms).

·         Employ student-centered instructional strategies that are connected to real-world applications to engage students in learning.

·         Facilitate and monitor online instruction groups/discussions to promote learning through higher-order thinking and group interaction.

·         Provide a variety of ongoing and frequent teacher-student, teacher-teacher, and teacher-administrator interaction with participating schools.

·         Provide prompt feedback, communicate high expectations, and teach to diverse talents and learning styles.

·         Online communication between students and teachers is a significant component of this program to mimic in person communication. Therefore, teachers are expected to respond to student emails and grade assignments within 2 workdays, as well as monitor and respond to discussion postings daily during the school week.

·         Regularly share with home school(s) student data including but not limited to grades and attendance. This includes the use of school selected platforms and systems.

·         Incorporate and comply with FERPA, AUP and communicate privacy guidelines to students.

·         Select and use a variety of online tools for communication, productivity, collaboration, data and performance analysis, presentation, research, and online content delivery as appropriate to the content area and student needs.

·         Use communication technologies in a variety of mediums and contexts for teaching and learning.

·         Apply technical troubleshooting skills (downloading plug-ins, uploading assignments, etc.)

·         Participate in all professional development and peer mentoring exercises throughout the duration of service.

·         Develop key relationships in order to work closely with home school staff, students and parents of participating schools, guidance counselors and central iZone staff.

·         Participate in activities to identify best practices, address challenges and assess efficacy.

WORKING CONDITIONS & LOCATION:

·         The maximum class size of a full virtual course not exceed UFT contractual limits.

·         Teachers shall not be assigned more than twenty five (25) teaching periods per week and may teach up to five (5) remote classes; however, the maximum number of distinct courses shall not exceed three (3).

·         Teachers must confer with students synchronously during programmed periods each week, as well as be available for asynchronous teaching approaches including but not limited to office hours, individual and small group conferencing and providing direction for independent student work. Facilitate learning through supplied curriculum that teachers may supplement.

·         Teachers are expected to teach in person from 82-01 Rockaway Blvd, Ozone Park, NY 11416 or other DOE office.

Hours:

As per Article Six of the Collective Bargaining Agreement

Salary:

As per UFT Contract

Work Year:

As per Article Six of the Collective Bargaining Agreement

APPLICATION INSTRUCTIONS:

Please be sure application includes cover letter, resume and your 6-digit file number.

Please send application via email to the following email address: iLearnNYC@schools.nyc.gov with the Subject line: “Fulltime Remote Teacher application.”

Applications will be accepted through:

JUNE 3, 2022

An Equal Opportunity Employer M/F/D

It is the policy of the Department of Education of the City of New York to provide equal employment opportunities without regard to actual or perceived race, color, religion, creed, ethnicity, national origin, alienage, citizenship status, age, marital status, partnership status, disability, sexual orientation, gender(sex), military status, unemployment status, caregiver status, consumer credit history, prior record of arrest or conviction(except as permitted by law), predisposing genetic characteristics, or status as a victim of domestic violence, sexual offenses and stalking, and to maintain an environment free of harassment on any of the above - noted grounds, including sexual harassment or retaliation. For more information, please refer to the DOE Non - Discrimination Policy.

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