January 08, 2013
N.Y. School Leaders Offer To Scrub Teacher Job Reviews In Exchange For Resignations
By Ben VeldermanNo surprise here.
NEW YORK – It appears that some New York City school leaders have become so desperate to remove ineffective teachers from the classroom as quickly and inexpensively as possible that they are willing to lie and alter official records to do so.
In an investigative report, The New York Post suggests that officials in the city’s Department of Education have a standing offer with bad teachers: They will wipe out all of a teacher’s unsatisfactory job ratings and replace them with satisfactory ratings if the teacher agrees to quit or retire.
School officials will even provide the ousted teachers with a “neutral letter” documenting their employment with the district, which can be used to seek a teaching position with another school district, the paper reports.
That, of course, leaves other unsuspecting administrators vulnerable to hiring subpar teachers. Tough luck for the kids at the new school.
The Post discovered evidence of the deal in an email from a school district lawyer to a perennially underperforming teacher who had two consecutive years of bad performance ratings.
“The teacher is accused of failing to carry out lessons, sloppy record keeping and poor classroom management, among other charges,” the newspaper reports.
In other news regarding less than stellar educators: Video: Bill Ayers, school union officials escalate attacks on Teach for America