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The Commons Online: Brattleboro VT teacher claims bullying by administrators

Thursday, October 24th, 2013

Town School Board rejects public discussion as inappropriate part of formal grievance process

By Olga Peters, The Commons, October 23, 2013

BRATTLEBORO —The five-member Brattleboro (Vermont) Town School District Board returned from their closed executive session to an empty room that had teemed with some 40 audience members only an hour earlier.

Four members of the Windham Southeast Supervisory Union administration waited outside the Academy School auditorium, ground zero for a tense five-hour grievance hearing on Oct. 16 for a teacher who says that she wants to shine a light on an alleged pattern of bullying and intimidation in the school’s teaching environment and who is alleging that her treatment is part of an orchestrated effort to drive her from her job.

Chair Margaret Atkinson said the board will issue its written decision on teacher Lauren Ashley’s formal complaint by Oct. 24, within six school days.

Ashley, a fourth-grade teacher at Academy School with 27 years teaching experience, filed a formal grievance requesting the removal of a corrective action plan (CAP) from her official personnel file based on a teaching evaluation conducted during the 2012-13 school year.

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Parallel attacks on teachers in Mexico and U.S.

Friday, September 13th, 2013

UPDATED Sept. 16, 2013

Because school teachers comprise such a large group of targets bullied in the workplace, we at WBI care very much about the systemic government assaults on public schools in the name of education “reform.” Elsewhere, we’ve shown readers how the U.S. “Common Core” curriculum is destructive to education rather than positive as advertised under the label of “reform.”

The Mexican government under President Enrique Pena Nieto (PRI party) is conducting raids of the Mexican education system similar to those in the U.S. The Mexican Constitution was written after the revolution of 1910-1920.

Article 3 established free, public, secular education. Nieto amended Article 3 to mandate teacher evaluation based on student test scores (sound familiar?). Changes included standardization of the responsibilities and salaries of school principals and other supervisors.

The Mexican Teachers Union (SNTE) has been run by a president (Elba Esther Gordillo) who has wielded power for 30 years. Within SNTE a militant caucus called the National Coordinating Committee (CNTE) has taken action on behalf of teacher members. CNTE organized protests in 13 states. Teachers have occupied public buildings, blocked the Mexico City international airport for several hours, and seized highway toll booths. For several days 30,000 have sat in at Mexico City’s main square. Tens of thousands have camped out in Mexico City’s main square (pictured here by CNTE).

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CNN & Minn Star Tribune: Teachers targeted by student bullies

Monday, March 11th, 2013

Two articles with downloadable reports about the disturbing trend, and least discussed aspect, of school bullying — students bullying their adult teachers.

Edina Teacher Settles for $100,000, Resigns by: Mary Jane Smetanka, Minneapolis Star Tribune, February 24, 2011

When Teachers Are the Bully’s Target by Stephanie Goldberg, CNN Schools of Thought Blog, March 11, 2013

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SF School District bullying of teachers: United Public Workers for Action

Monday, January 14th, 2013

From United Public Workers for Action announcing Jan. 17 press conference at SF Unified School District HQ regarding retaliation against UESF teachers, specifically Tobias Crane, who complained about former Martin Luther King Middle School principal, Natalie Eberhard. (415) 867-0628

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Trouble at MLK Middle School seems rooted on bullying tactics of principal Eberhard.

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Chicago Teachers End Strike, Add Anti-Bullying Clause Protection

Tuesday, September 18th, 2012

By voice vote, teachers suspended their strike against Chicago Public Schools. Classes resume on Wed. Sept. 18. Download a comparison of original CPS demands with terms in the final agreement.

Three major points. (1) CPS wanted principals to have unlimited teacher termination privileges. Instead, CTU inserted an anti-bullying clause that prohibits abusive and demeaning conduct by principals.

(2) On teacher evaluation, CPS (and all other public education “reformers”) wanted 45% of a teacher’s performance to be determined by her or his students’ test scores. No appeals process would apply. With career-ending evaluations beginning year 1. Additionally, teachers were to evaluate each other. In the final agreement, CTU preserved 70% of teacher ratings based on practice, not student performance. Appeals for unsatisfactory ratings allowed. No evaluation by colleagues. The insertion of student survey data will be by choice, not mandatory.

(3) The proposed raising of employee health care premiums by 40% and co-pays was frozen.

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Is denial of workers’ rights “inevitable”? Chicago’s teachable moment

Thursday, September 13th, 2012

A Chicago Tribune editorial today declared

Chicago Teachers Union officials aren’t merely fighting City Hall. They’re fighting the inevitability of education reform. They are denying the arc of history.

We challenge the inevitability of the erosion of workers’ rights. Let’s start with some history. What brought us to the point where the public sides with anti-union forces?

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Assaults by Outsiders on the Teaching Profession are Relentless

Thursday, August 23rd, 2012

Professors and K-12 public school teachers alike are under unprecedented assault. At a time when good paying jobs are at a premium, the appearance of guaranteed employment for poorly performing teachers is misrepresented by union busters as indefensible. The claim is mostly false because teachers with seniority and tenured professors CAN be terminated.

The teacher unions, NEA, AFT and AAUP for professors, have much less clout to influence public opinion than billionaires. Everyone thinks they know how to reform schools because we all attended one. Well, eating at a restaurant doesn’t make one a chef.

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Sun Sentinel: Palm Beach County teachers charge principals with rampant intimidation

Friday, April 20th, 2012

School district administration vows to investigate claims
By Marc Freeman, South Florida Sun-Sentinel, April 20, 2012

Palm Beach County public school principals are intimidating and harassing teachers in “alarmingly rampant” numbers that pose a serious threat to student achievement, union President Debra Wilhelm says.

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WBI Podcast 26: Stop Attacking Teachers!!

Tuesday, April 17th, 2012

Stop Bullying Teachers

Teachers, as public sector workers with pensions, are under attack in the U.S. The attacks need to stop for two reasons: (1) student bullying can never stop until the adult bullying stops, and (2) the best teachers inspired me to become a professor, they are among the most memorable people in our lives.

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Podcast 11: The Plight of Bullied Teachers

Monday, October 26th, 2009

Podcast 11:

The Plight of Bullied Teachers

Guest Podcast: Teachers Bullied at School — Observations About Teachers as Targets a Teacher

Carrie Clark, guest WBI podcaster

Carrie Clark, podcaster

Carrie Clark, MA — WBI-Legislative Campaign spokesperson, Co-Coordinator of the California Healthy Workplace Advocates, and CHWA Blogger, former English school teacher, veteran of 20+ years, and WBI Consultant for the Workplace Bullying in Schools Project

Part 1: When Teachers Are Bullied, 6’27″
The special case of teachers, who they are and why they get bullied

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Part 2: Solutions for Bullied Teachers, 2’14″

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Watch the video of Carrie narrating a 2008 BNET production on workplace bullying — Calling a Bully a Bully

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