Not "waiting for Superman," demanding he come NOW...
Cut from a message written
to my brother, an assistant principal.
name) is MOST DEFINITELY caught in the hellish tension of high stakes standardized testing. (School's name) is (city's name)
only standard public middle school. You know (city's name) has this county's wealthiest citizens. Its mayor is
by far one of the wealthiest and he's taking action. He's pretty much saying: "Get it together or I will insist
this school becomes a charter school." To that end, the superintendent and his cabinet, the mayor and all the city's
commissioners came to (school's name) recently for a "tour." The city held focus groups as to why people do
not send their children to (school's name). On and on it goes. And I know (and the school district knows too) that the
reason (school's name) became a "D" school--and only through some manipulation of data was it raised to a low "C"--is
because it had poor leadership. That principal "led" the school into the ground. She blocked all creative
efforts and just, in general, did not know what to do. She also had no personality and did not like many of her employees
and certainly did not want parents inside the school.
Under her leadership--and she was the principal for almost 10 years--the school
became truly dangerous. Graffiti spilled out onto the walls of the hallways. I once took pictures of it to show
her. Teachers were being targeted with, "Ms. L is a FUCKING BITCH!" kinds of comments. It was shocking
that she turned me away from her office with a "go see someone else" comment.
She is also friends with the psychopath for whom I worked..and they are
both friends of a woman second in command to my superintendent. In fact, I have been told by someone who would know
that neither of these individuals actually interviewed for their principalships. They were, I am told--and I have no
confirmation of this, but I believe it--were place in their positions by their buddy.
So if that's true, then there's your real reason for the conundrum of
I work now for a really nice, fun, and smart man. He's got a big job. He trusts me. He sees that the work
I do--and the vision that I have-- are what all parents really want. They want their children to learn and to be safe.
It's really that simple. Leadership is the key and the district will not admit EVER (!) that they, and the crappy
leadership they place in our schools, are the reason for this parental uprising."
Click "No Place for Hate!" The Anti-Defamation League has terrific resources for creating
a school wide bullying prevention program!
"Many people, especially ignorant people,
want to punish you for speaking the truth, for being correct, for being you. Never apologize for being correct or for being
years ahead of your time. If you're right and you know it, speak your mind. Even if you are a minority of one, the truth is
still the truth."
Board Rule:Responsibilities and Duties states: All persons employed by the School Board of (School District's name) are representatives
of the (School District's name). As such they are expected to conduct themselves, both in their employment and in the community,
in a manner that will reflect credit upon themselves and the school system. Unseemly conduct in the workplace is expressly