Sometimes, people deserve to be labelled "criminal", "corrupt" or "child abuser", and there are many examples recently in the news of these convicted individuals. The key word here is "convicted." There are facts which show to a jury of his/her peers that the person is guilty of a crime. Works most, but not all of the time.
Then there are opinions of people who give a label which has been "proven" in a person's mind. An example is my opinion that Francesco Portelos (UFT Solidarity) is a "cyberbully". This is my opinion, and I stand behind the label because of his actions and emails to me.
The NYC DOE are quick to label GROUPS of people, and it is permanent, more or less. If you have the label "tenured teacher", this means that you have certain privileges as well as rights to your job and to benefits. You are supposed to be targeted for being tenured, so there is a spot on your back for made up charges. Watch out, be vigilant.
If you are a "probationary teacher", "paraprofessional", "secretary", even "Assistant Principal" or you have worked for the DOE for three years or less and do not have tenure, then you have no property right to your job, and that label means that you can be displaced easier and are probably easy to order around, because you have no job protections. You are expected to go after anyone targeted in the "tenured" group.
"ATRs" are, according to the DOE, people who have been discarded from their full-time employment as classroom teachers or Guidance Counselors for some reason - which no one at the DOE is going to try to figure out. This is when labels get slippery. There is a new policy invented by some nameless DOE chief of something who made it impossible for an employee to go back to his/her school or position after not being terminated at 3020-a because "that is the way it is". Thus all teachers who are not terminated at 3020-a become ATRs and are still tenured. There is still no category for these people to be contractually evaluated. No one is talking about this, and the UFT is not fixing it, either.
The label that is extremely outrageous is the "problem code". This label can be a verb, "did you get problem-coded?" Or, an adjective: "has your file been problem-coded?" No matter which way you use it, this label says you have been charged with something. No one checks what, when or why. Except people like me, who help people get off of this label. The UFT has done nothing to get this removed from members' files.
A few days ago I heard a DOE Attorney say that "if the teacher settles for the suspension before the hearing begins (i.e. there is no testimony by any witnesses) we will remove the problem code. If the teacher does not settle, then the problem code never goes away. Period." The teacher remains tainted, discarded, guilty of something, too bad....
Creepy. What if all the charges are false, have no proof, and an arbitrator makes a bad decision? The teacher is problem-coded and bears this burden forever? This is not good public policy.
So, I just want to vote for a review, on a case-by-case basis, for the "rapists","armed robbers","drug dealers", and other people labelled in Obama's sweeping cleanup described below. Let's get all those people who do not deserve to be placed under these labels a second chance to be full citizens and productive members of society, just like "problem-coded" teachers. Let's clean this mess up. Now.
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Obama doesn’t think rapists, armed robbers, drug dealers are criminals
It’s only May, but I think I’ve found the euphemism of the year: According to Team Obama, criminals should now be declared “justice-involved individuals.”
The neo-Orwellianism comes to us from the bizarre flurry of last-minute diktats, regulations and bone-chilling threats collectively known to fanboys as Obama’s Gorgeous Goodbye.
In another of those smiley-faced, but deeply sinister, “Dear Colleague” letters sent to universities and college this week, Obama’s Education Secretary John King discouraged colleges from asking applicants whether they were convicted criminals.
An accompanying pamphlet was called “Beyond the Box: Increasing Access to Higher Education for Justice-Involved Individuals.”
So rapists, burglars, armed robbers and drug dealers aren’t criminals anymore. These folks are simply “involved” with “justice,” according to Obamanoids.
Maybe they’re right: “Criminals” is an inherently disparaging term that leads to stigmatization and decreased access to Eugene O’Neill seminars. But don’t we need to retroactively reconfigure how we think of those unfortunate souls who found themselves pursued by harsh enforcers of restrictive behavioral norms?
When you think about it, Jack the Ripper was merely a “cutlery-involved individual” while Jeffrey Dahmer was simply a “unconventional dietary-options-involved individual.”
Colleges generally ask whether applicants have criminal records, and for excellent reason. Parents probably don’t want their eager young freshperson daughter Molly living across the hall from a rapist — I mean, sexual-justice-involved individual.
King notes that when you ask college applicants about whether they brutalized, mugged or otherwise committed outrages against their fellow human beings, the ugly specter of “disparate impact” arises. The black crime rate is higher than the white crime rate, so the “Are you a criminal?” question is bound to do injury to blacks, or so goes the reasoning.
Obama is fighting the war for criminals to get closer to you on several fronts. Last month, through the Department of Housing and Urban Development, he went after landlords, threatening them with penalties if they barred criminals from living in their buildings.
In November, Obama unilaterally ordered federal agencies to strike the box asking applicants whether they had committed crimes and referred to criminals as “folks.” This would be the same president who on Oct. 25, 2010, referred to Republicans as “enemies” and suggested voters should “punish” them. Convicted rapists? They’re just “folks.”
It’s fair to argue that the criminal justice system, and society as a whole, have a strong interest in rehabilitating criminals in addition to punishing them. And Team Obama argues innocently that (the people they refuse to call) criminals deserve to get their foot in the door before the step where they are asked about their criminal history.
But this is just a step in a long-term strategy pursued by progressives, who love criminals the way little girls love Disney princesses. The goal is to sneak criminals into your apartment building or workplace or campus.
Just glance at the Web site of one Ban the Box advocacy group, the South Dakota Peace & Justice Center. Its stated goal is to put off questions about criminal behavior until later in the game: “Only during the interview process will a criminal background check be completed if it is relevant or required for the position.”
In other words: Enforcers will tell you whether an applicant’s criminal background is relevant to a particular gig and order you not to ask about if they deem it irrelevant.
Yet there is no job on the planet in which your criminal background is automatically irrelevant. Employers can weigh how much importance to assign to which crimes and judge for themselves whether a criminal has reformed.
Bringing up “disparate impact” is a way to change the subject between who you are and what you did. One is about characteristics you were born with; the other is about bad choices you made. One is a terrible reason to discriminate you; the other isn’t.
King says that there is no evidence that questions about criminal backgrounds have any impact on campus safety. How hard did he look for such evidence? Because I’m pretty sure that one reliable predictor of crime is the presence of criminals.
Colleges find themselves at a point in time where debates about, say, whether rape is spiking on campus (it isn’t) are treated as so imperilling that they require the establishment of alternative “safe spaces” such as the rubber room established at Brown in 2014 and “equipped with cookies, coloring books, bubbles, Play-Doh, calming music, pillows, blankets and a video of frolicking puppies,” according to The New York Times.
Yet these colleges are now being nudged not to ask a potential student whether he’s a rapist, or an assailant or a heroin dealer, with the implicit threat of the administration’s power to launch civil rights investigations lurking not far behind.
University donors, and parents of matriculating students, should be eager to ask college admissions officers how far they are willing to go to comply with Team Obama’s wishes: Exactly how many convicts are going to be housed in Molly’s dorm?
For the hapless victim teacher, the entire proceeding is really an excruciating miscarriage of justice! It is legalized crime and a set-up orchestrated by these conspiratorial entities. It is unbelievable how callous and irresponsible these evil-minded people are and the depths of spiritual decadence they have wilfully abscribed their hearts to.
Betsy is an oasis for these teachers who have no more caring an advocate than she and I certainly will emulate her in making myself available on my summer vacation days to these victim teachers to support them in the absence of any help in the hellish kangaroo court that they find themselves subjected to.
The money is earmarked for improved instruction, incentives, smaller class size and was earned fair and square through hard work and distinguished leadership, which was notably negated, unhealthy and stuttering because these suits do not take kindly to folks who actually take their work seriously; they just the work from them. And all the credit for our success
Our union began to betray us soon after the little dictator took over. I refused to take part in the strikes, which were very badly timed, not mention petty in light of what other state workers and we ourselves now confront. I forsaw my future, and when overloading me with students and accountability backfired because the kids were hip to the harassment, the tensions that thick, the attacks are that blatant, and I have wonder why no one asks them about teacher quality, about how they learn, and the role models they have that are bullies.
These fools, the teachers I reported, the principle and a self righteous white woman who drives her Jaguar into poor school parking with a bumper sticker in the window urging us to vote against gay marriage.
She's in charge of sexual harassment, discriminations, ethics, laws and that politically correct stuff these people play very fast and loose with. She is the AP I went to about a notoriously abusive teacher--in administrator inner circle after a career provoking their ire--who made a student in labor finish her exam before allowing her to go to the hospital. When the girl insisted she was in pain and afraid, the teacher said she could be excused but she would not pass the term therefore she would not graduate this violates policy any school affords a child in need of medical care, it is also against state laws, and unconscionable that anyone would abuse a child and her baby so recklessly.
I know this happened because 8 students came to me with the same tale, which the AP confirmed, stating the girl and she spoke. She told me the girl was all right with this and she appeared to be fine with it too. Well, until I emailed her a copy of the state laws protecting pregnant students rights.
These four people and a poor bullied colleague unable to hear, not very articulate and scare shitless, said I had told him once I would not mind if the abusive teavher was dead. She was fabricating these tall tale of me assaulting her in a meeting with 30 people, hurting my students, who we shared, and imposing herself on my space with aggressive purpose.
By the time they sent me to our district jail, my panic attacks were debilitating it's been a year and a few months and last week I could not bring myself to face the place because I am rattling their cages with Lenny and our Perdaily cohort.
But I will not stand down I am almost 50, a single mom, and my credential is being used to intimidate and silence me. I am behind in my mortgage, developing a full blown Joan of Arc complex and obsessed with the public education reform.
I find myself following in your footsteps. Supporting
Teachers, documenting events, all too aware the satire is writing itself. I could use a few pointers, just off the top of your head as you clearly have astute instincts. How do I proceed? What do I need to know? I testified for one sister teacher a couple of months ago. It was quite as absurd as your anecdote but it was similar in tone. The lawyer did not rattle me; fheoric with him is what I call RikiTiki Tavi Cute furry creature takes the snake down because it underestimates her cunning
However, there are financial concerns. It is unlikely I will teach in public schools and can do adjunct gigs at colleges to get by. How aggressive and apt are these sociopaths ?