Saturday, November 28, 2009

Discrimination Suit Against GCSD Advances

 
NY's Division of Human Rights found probable cause that GCSD had engaged in unlawful discrimination on the basis of "race/color, disability," and/or retaliated against substitute teacher, John Niles who sought full-time employment.

Niles' attorney plans to go to federal court.

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36 comments:

Anonymous said...

Who was, or were the administrators involved in this?

SCATS said...

To 12:30PM ~~ It's my understanding this happened with Achramovitch in charge of the district.

Anonymous said...

He said the District illegally used his Diabetes related absences as pretext for dismissing him. what's next obesity related abscences? PMS related absences? An absencce is an absence. This is opening up a real can of worms. Like I said, what's next? Marijuania related absences? Smoking Related absences? Restless lEgs absences? Irritable Syndrome absence? Any one know how many days he missed? I can tell you it was way TOO MANY!!!!

SCATS said...

To 6PM ~~ If you already know how many days he missed, why didn't you tell us? I'll bet his illness related days are nothing compared to some of our tenured teachers who are contractually entitled to miss most of the school year ;0 Why don't you complain about them?

Anonymous said...

Good point SCATS, our child's 4th grade teacher has already been out of the classroom 17 days so far this year.

Anonymous said...

Marijuana related abscences? are you serious? Marijuana is illegal. Restless legs abscences? Are you trying to be funny? If diabetes goes uncontrolled YOU CAN LOSE YOUR LEGS!!
People...you might want to look up what is covered under ADA. Guess what?....DIABETES is. People don't ask for diabetes. It is a disease. By the way, you are right. THIS IS opening up a real can of worms for the district.

Anonymous said...

SCATS
Can we meet for coffee? You are missing out on a whole lot of stuff. Your sources aren't telling you the half of it!!

Anonymous said...

AchramoWaltz. What a suprise! No wonder why the BOE wants to get rid of him.

Anonymous said...

Lets just say a teacher was admonished in their year end evaluation for using too many professional development days. Yet on the other hand a Greece Administrator insisted this teacher sign up for additional professional development days. Can anyone explain this? Trust me it is true. I think this might be a oxyMORON.

Anonymous said...

To 6:57...Do you know why this teacher has been out? God forbid it is an illness such as cancer! Is this person's child deathly ill?Is this person pregnant and having complications? All you know is that this person is having a difficult time. Last spring I was out for 6 weeks for a broken right ankle and couldn't even drive. Is this teacher supposed to tell your young child what is going on in their personal life? Don't always bash the teacher, you really don't know what is going on.

Anonymous said...

Greece had to get a new insurance company after the last EEOC case. Apparently, there might be another EEOC case. Are there anymore in the works? What will our rates be now?

Scats - Seriously, we need to meet for some coffee!

Anonymous said...

Are you sleeping? Dying to see these posts!

SCATS said...

To 9:06PM ~~ My sources are often in denial. Remember, I call Greece the Dysfunction Junction ;)

PS ~~ Does caffeine react poorly with catnip?? Can I safely drink coffee with a bag over my head? How about you email me ! lol

SCATS said...

To 10:15PM ~~ I realize that not all absences are frivolous. However, you must realize that given the number of days missed by tenured teachers in Greece that SOME of those absences are frivolous AND they cost taxpayers twice, once to pay the teacher's salary and again to hire a sub. Ever spot an "absent" teacher at the mall or dining out? It happens.

Anonymous said...

Bag or no bag, your choice. I will email you for a meeting. Trust me. It will blow your mind. I know a lot about the admin from the top-down.

SCATS said...

To 12:39AM ~~ Is there some reason why you don't want to blow everyone's mind? I'm pretty sure more than me will be amazed. Feel free to post or email me any info you care to share. I'll think over the coffee meeting, but I make no promises.

Charlie Hubbard said...

If any readers are interested in absenteeism please read section XX page 35 of the teachers contract to get a feel for the disrespect shown to taxpayers (and students) via contracts.

As far as this law suit is concerned I believe the district could be vulnerable on this absenteeism issue.

First of all prior to 1998 attendance of probationary teachers was not keep track of at central office - it didn't matter.
Prior to 2005 attendance records were not supplied to the board who were voting tenure approval.
I personaly objected to and would not vote to approve those with unacceptable attendance. Separate votes were taken on 'those', unfortunatly I had to stand alone.
I do not know how this mans record compares to others granted tenure but the record is there for all to see. What I will say is the board has turned a blind eye to the others.

I stongly urge any and all to read this section of the contract. If you are concerned about 'cost and quality' you may want to have a vomit bag near by.

Feel free to contact me if further clarification is needed.

chubbard005@rochester.rr.com
775-6015

Anonymous said...

Mr.Hubbard--what would YOU consider unacceptable attendance? What about other school district contracts? Are their attendance privliges equivalent with Greece? What do others think appropriate attendance should be?

SCATS said...

To 3:37PM ~~ I'm going to pull rank as your Blogmeister and get into the middle of this even though your remarks weren't directed at me. I have a HUGE problem comparing Greece to other districts when our performance is nearly at the bottom of the barrel. We need to become true leaders and do what will work to improve school/student performance. Absent teachers can't do that. Try to remember, it's ALL "for the kids."

Charlie Hubbard said...

To 3:37 (anonymous)
I'll be happy to answer your questions.
First I don't give a damn what other districts absenteeism rate is.
I was at a mcsb meeting in 05. There were 4 supers there. I ask what their absenteeism rate was and not one knew - THAT spoke volumns. Frankly such is life within this taxpayer funded monopoly. Ask a manager in the 'real world' what there rate is and they will tell you in a heart beat.

Early after the arrival of this super in Greece I introduced the one and only GOAL for the district. It was a goal of 2% absenteeism and was approved by the board 8-1. Since that time to the best of my knowledge 'that goal' has been completely ignored. It spoke volumns as the rest of the board was more interested in 'show' over substance. I put it right up there with the board accepting the Comptrollers audit with public approval and the ignoring it. I refer of course to item 17 - page 30.

Be sure to check sec.XX page 35 of the contract and be sure to show it to other taxpayers and parents.

Anonymous said...

SCATS are you a Cynthia Elliott follower? Do you believe the african american kids need african american teachers? That is such an absurd notion. I'm jewish and didn't have too many jewish teachers.

SCATS said...

To 8:15PM ~~ Your imagination is running wild ... or is it the "holiday cheer?" Either way, I've said nothing to lead you to such an inane conclusion.

Anonymous said...

The plain truth is this:

The major players haven't changed since the Walts days.

The same people are leading Instruction and making hiring decisions. To truly change things, one must clean house much deeper into the organization.

Steve A's first mistake was not doing that when he came on board. One can only hope that the next superintendent won't be so naive.

Anonymous said...

What Steve should have pushed to change was the lottery school situation, and the racial segregation it supports. I've already been told by someone involved that this has/will continue to be attached as evidence in the Niles suit. The taxpayers have been flipping the bill for this all along, and the price tag is about to take a huge jump.

Anonymous said...

Charlie is correct about one thing - the only way to curb the absentee rate with teachers is to address the inane amount of days they have available to them through contractual entitlements. The Private sector has a bargaining chip that the public sector (schools) don't - "don't come to work, you don't have a job". If only schools operated on this notion, we would see improvements across the board. Teacher morale would go up because only those who truly WANT to be there regularly would be. Consistency in instruction leads to higher student achievement. I do think a link can be made between various classrooms in Greece, student achievement, and the consistency of their teacher's attendance. Maybe Steve A. should commission a study on THAT. I'm sure Ann M. isn't busy.

Charlie Hubbard said...

I harp about this subject because of it's simplicity and how it demonstrates the 'epitome of incompetence' that are those running this system responsible for educating our kids and sucking our taxpayers dry - for what??
What bother me even more is how the board just sits there and lets it happen over and over.
Please don't ever forget the BOARD approves ALL of these contracts.

Anonymous said...

You mean...JOE MOSCATO approved it?!

SCATS said...

To 6:08PM ~~ That's not possible. With nine people on the BOE, it takes five of them to approve anything.

Anonymous said...

Foil the information. Ask questions. Who failed to interview him? Who were the administrators that overlooked him? Was he given any evaluations? Was he ever observed?

Anonymous said...

Could scats please get the response from the EEOC where it details the charges and finds that it is possible the district discriminated? Please.

SCATS said...

To 1:57PM ~~ I'm very tight on time these days, so it's unlikely I'll be able to do this in the next few weeks. However, if anyone else provides the document/s via email, I'd be glad to post it. Let me know what it is you are sending in the subject line of the email please.

Isn't this something our local reporters should take an interest in? What do they get paid to do??

Anonymous said...

I believe that Meg has already stated her feelings on the issue of racial discrimination in Greece. As I recall it went something like this, "I'm not sure why you think mendacious boorishness will sway me to your agenda". Wait that's not just the way I remember it, it was her exact quote written on 5/8/09, in response to a letter I wrote to her about discrimination in GCSD. Oh, and by the way, the "mendacious boorishness" she referred to were actual statistics about the demographic breakdown off our schools. Reporters?...good luck with that SCATS!

SCATS said...

To 8:55AM ~~ Was that her response related to discrimination in hiring or was it related to schools-of-choice? Either way, I get your point.

Anonymous said...

I hear rumors circulating that Gannett is shutting down our local paper or instituting a more limited publication or delivery schedule.

Is that true?

SCATS said...

To 9:54AM ~~ I haven't heard the rumor, but it certainly wouldn't surprise me. Their "news" is often three days old and lifted from BLOGS ;)

Anonymous said...

SCATS, to be clear, Meg's comments that included "mendacious boorishness" were in regard to the undeniable racial/financial inequalities of GCSD's lottery school system, and how they further support what had been alleged by Mr. Niles about GCSD in general. These inequalities were basically given to her (and also posted on SCATS) in the form of statistics, in an effort to remove any perceived biased. Fair and impartial lottery system? Sure it is! In a related story: My son (neighborhood school educated) shares a private sports program with another child whose family I loosely know. While talking to the parents of the other child during the first few days of practice I asked, "Where does (BLANK) go to school?". The response from parent "X", "Well I teach at (BLANK), so we were able to get (BLANK) into Pinebrook". Yep, another lucky lottery winner! Still waiting to hear the educational benefit of this system...not to mention the price tag.