Tuesday, September 23, 2008
UFT Unity Caucus Hack of the Week: Charlie Turner
Update Sept. 27:
The Comment [below] about Charlie Turner's visit to Tilden on the Ice Blog and then re-posted on Norm's Notes is a fake. I was at that meeting and NONE of that happened. The teacher who was placed in a Suspension Center wrote a letter to the UFT explaining he that he would rather stay at Tilden where accommodations have been made for him because of his two SPECIAL NEEDS children and where he has worked for 16 years. The only option that the schools in the building, who very much want to keep him, were given was to hire him at full salary, which they can't afford to do. The teacher, known as, "Rock" to everyone at Tilden, is a legend at the school and in academic sports and, in a fair world, he'd be handsomely rewarded by the Dept. of Education, and schools would be begging to get him. They would, if they could afford to do so. We were at Tilden, but we couldn't do it.
I think either a UFT person or someone very anti-teacher wrote that comment, but there was no crying and it was a relatively short meeting. It was not as though people hadn't seen it coming. And it was not as though Charlie had anything to offer besides to write to Randi "to put a human face" on the ATR situation, suggesting that she doesn't "get it" which was kind of interesting. Is she fuzzy on it the way she was the Rubber Room -- does she think the ATR's are incompetent?
It was a useless meeting. But there was no chaos or pathos. Eerie. We're kind of all numb.