The New York Post recently published an article on the secret settlements for teacher’s misconduct cases. The truth is there is nothing secret about these deals. I was first offer a deal while I sat in my union lawyer’s office. I looked at the union lawyer and asked him if he was Monty Hall. (The original Emcee of Let’s make a deal.) I then stated I don’t make deals. The truth was the Department of Education did not have faith in the testimonies of the administration of Manhattan Center. The reality was how could a teacher with nine years of satisfactory work and high passing rates on regents exams suddenly decline into total incompetent. The second time I was offered a deal was right before the start of my 3020A hearing. The city’s lawyer and my union lawyer both noted that Principal David Jimenez was pushing hard for me to take a deal. Once again I noted I don’t take deals. Interestingly enough David Jimenez prior to my 3020a hearing told my chapter leader that I wouldn’t be fired, but I would probably receive a fine.
Every teacher knows the 3020a process is a rigged game and Jimenez’s statement to my chapter leader proved it The reality is 95% of the 3020a cases end up with the teacher being found guilty of some charge. (For example I was brought up on incompetent charges, but found guilty of 1 charge of insubordination because I complaint about being harassed.) Teachers are then fined outrageous amount of money. (I received a fifteen thousand dollar fine meanwhile, an assistant principal from Bread and Roses only received a seven thousand dollar fine for changing his son’s grades. I think this is bordering on Nepotism. In 2010 the principal of Manhattan Village Academy was fined ten thousand dollars for giving away a dipolma to a student who didn’t earn it.) The truth is the majority of 3020A cases are overturned in Article 75 hearings.
In a 3020a hearing teachers cannot use information that occurred three years prior to the hearing. Simply stated a principal can write three years of lies and that cancels out the rest a teacher’s career. So in my case nine years of satisfactory work and ratings just magically disappeared. A principal can lie and dirty up a teacher and the reality is that a teacher has no where to turn. I took my complaints to OEO, SCI and OSI and these complaints fell on deaf ears.
(BELOW ARE ACTUAL TRANSCRIPTS OF MY HEARING IT IS THESE STATEMENTS BY JIMENEZ THAT LEAD TO THE ARBITRATOR QUESTIONiNG JIMENEZ’S CREDIBILITY.)
I have two simply questions for both the New York Post and the Department of Education.
If these teachers that are brought up on charges are so bad why does the DOE only fire ten percent of them?
Why does the Department of Education redacted the transcript of 3020A hearings? Considering that these are public hearings of public employees.
The majority of teachers brought up on charges have basically been railroaded. As I was told during my hearing I have to find you guilty of something.
I wish my story was the only one like this, but it’s not. Check out the following websites