Mayor and School’s Chancellor Call it Counseling, We Call it Workplace Bullying

Workplace Bullying Awareness week ends tomorrow, but workplace bullying continues and escalates in the New York City Department of Education. I know I don’t write on this blog as often as I used to. There are many reasons for that. Aside from trying to be a better husband and father,… Continue reading

Final Report on Principal Hill is Published -Falls Short of Finding All Misconduct.

EXTRA! EXTRA! Final report on Principal Linda Hill misconduct finally out 1,224 days after allegation made. Continue reading

A Big Victory for Transparency in NYC Schools

“…remember the names of the lions at the main library: Patience and Fortitude. There is a terrible urge to lash out wildly in protest of injustice. Resist the urge. The battle must be won in the courts, but cases must be legally sound.” Continue reading

Throwback Thursday- How to Distract Students Taking State Tests

Principal orders classroom locks of whistleblower to be changed during state test. Continue reading

Tenure is for Girls! [and others who speak up]

Seriously… Is it not Read Below. Over a year ago I FOILed the number of probationary (nontenured) teachers discontinued in the NYC DOE inthelast two years. I know, I could have just asked the UFT, but they wouldn’t give usthe info. In fact, when I asked for thenumber ofreassigned teachers,… Continue reading

Donors Choose-Day – Help Mr. Valia Get a 3D Printer

Over the summer I had the idea to start writingDonorsChoose.orgproposals for teachers who were too busy to do it. For those who do not know,DonorsChoose.orgis a great site where generous philanthropists pay for some or a teachers entire class project. Some pay $5 and some $2,000 or more. This is… Continue reading

Projector and Union Busting Trumps Safety Concerns

This morning I attempted to have another United Federation of Teachers meeting with the members that weathered the traffic conditions and made it in early at my school. Remember that for the entire time I have been UFT Chapter Leader, I have been in exile and therefore not allowed to… Continue reading

Principal Compares Whistleblower to Murderer “Adam Lanza”

What happens when a parent in the community is also a teacher in a school What happens when they raise concerns and the decision is made to “Get them out!“, but that parent/educator was previously praised and has no negative items in their personnel file The answer is…you make things… Continue reading

Is Test Tampering Big in NYC Too

The buzz on the street is that these high stakes tests are beingtampered with and may be soiled withcheating. Why would anyone want to cheat on a test I mean don’t let the wordshigh stakesfool you. It’s not like these scores are tied to graduation, promotions, termination and bonuses Oh… Continue reading