Being married to a teacher, I’m biased, typically erring to a teacher’s point of view. However, when the behavior of teachers is harmful to children, I’ll take the kids’ side every time.
That’s the case in this latest awarding of Radical Accountability Zeroes to the UFT, the New York City affiliate of the American Federation of Teachers, and the New York State Legislature. New York City has tried to fire 128 school staffers for sexual misconduct or inappropriate relationships with students since 2007. Only 33 educators were terminated.
Why? The union contract too narrowly defines sexual misconduct. For example, a teacher who asked a student to perform a striptease was not fired. Adding to the dilemma is legislation that would give city education officials the power to fire educators for sexual misconduct — instead of state hearing officers — has been stalled in Albany since May 2012.
So, UFT and New York’s Legislators, don’t you think the children of your state deserve some Radical Accounability?
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