Saturday, July 10, 2010

Federal Discrimination Lawsuit Against GCSD Alleges "Racial Animus"

  
Former substitute teacher John Niles' lawsuit claims his Greece Central supervisors called him "a shifty, lazy black guy" in their emails and "figuratively" expressed surprise "that the black guy can use 'many long words.'"

The D&C reports that: "The suit notes that while Niles could not get interviewed, four English teachers were hired, all of whom were age 40 or younger. And, the suit notes, the Greece Central School District's English Department of more than 75 faculty had no African-American teachers."

SCATS ~~ I'm going to go out on a limb here ... How could GCSD be accused of discriminating against African-Americans when they have none employed?? Oh wait ... I think I get it!
  

15 comments:

Anonymous said...

Keep this in mind, and it’s something I have been saying on here for awhile: Our district’s racially and economically disproportionate figures within our “lottery” schools are going to play a roll in biting us in the A$$. While I have not spoken with Mr. Niles directly, I have communicated with those involved with his case. They are very aware of what is going on here, and are an anxious to use it. Even if our fearless local reporter refers to it as “mendacious boorishness”, and our BOE chooses to ignore it completely. Statistics go a looong way in court rooms.

Anonymous said...

Really no african americans. While I know it not is a large number but ATMS has 2 on staff last year. 1 was the principal and 1 a counselor.

Holmes Rd has a PE teacher that has been there for years as well.

TO say that there are zero is just not true.

Is it that hard to believe that Mr. Niles was not as qualified as those that were hired.

SCATS said...

To 1:06PM ~~ In a district with 1000+ teachers, naming three is essentially saying we have none. Our student population is becoming more diverse annually. Our employee ranks are not! The odd token or two just doesn't cut it.

Anonymous said...

I agree that the number 3 is very very small in relation to the number employed. However What matters more is how many AA actually apply. And in this case was Mr Niles more qualified than those hired, just because he was a sub, does not make his credential better than those interviewed. I am curious where does he work now? did he ever get a teaching job?

SCATS said...

To 1:49PM ~~ You fail to acknowledge that the number/percentage of minorities employed by GCSD hasn't risen in the last 20 years! Is that not a problem?

Anonymous said...

It is a problem if qualified minorities are applying. Is there information to suggest that is the case?
It seems that GCSD is not the only district that has low number of minorities teachers, RCSD, West Irondequiot, and a few others.
I have been to job fairs for educators and white job seekers far out umber the minorities.

SCATS said...

To 2:31PM ~~ Is it also a problem if they've already gotten "the message" previously? Did you see the comments posted on here when Dr. Dyce-Faucette applied for a job? They certainly don't make Greece look minority friendly!

Have you noticed that the preponderance of new hires in GCSD are white, female and under age 30? Are there no qualified males? Older people of any gender? People of any minority? I guess this pattern is like the one where the school-of-choice lottery winners all happen to come from similar backgrounds ... and with connections ;)

Anonymous said...

I do see and agree that the hiring trend is as you note. I am not sure as to why there are not more male staff. That being said half of my child's teachers are male at ATMS. I do not believe that there are large pools of qualified minorities applying in any surrounding district. I have been to 3 grad. This year and again I saw very few minorities graduating with masters in education.

SCATS said...

To 4:26PM ~~ Here's a little insight into how hiring is (was?) done by GCSD. In 2002, a very good friend of mine applied to teach in Greece Schools. He was in his
40's, and had experience as both a contract sub and a per diem sub in RCSD. He was told to his face by Steve Walts right hand man (an African-American no less!) that he was "much too old for ANY teaching job in Greece" and that "we don't hire men anyway." My friend did explore the possibility of filing an age/sex discrimination lawsuit against the district and decided not to because he really needed to focus his attention on gaining permanent FT employment. And by the way, this conversation took place at one of Greece's infamous job fairs ;)

Anonymous said...

Isn't anyone alarmed by the claim that internal emails among supervisors were racial in nature? The issue isn't how many members of staff are actually minority innature, pay attention to the emails and who authored them. Surely those who wrote them are still employed. How awful.

SCATS said...

To 10:24PM ~~ I'm also alarmed that some current BOE members treated one of our recent Supt. candidates poorly at the dinner held in her honor. Oh, and she was African-American, too.

Anonymous said...

So to counter the few that may have a racial bias, are we just going hire all AA that apply simply based on the color of their skin? Really what amazes me is what type of language can be considered racially biased. If he was a poor sub. un-reliable and lazy and someone told it like it is then so be it. That to me is not based on his color.

BTW if you have copies of said email, and not gossip please provide.

SCATS said...

To 1:37PM ~~ The "few"? PLease substantiate your claim.

I agree about the description of his performance but the keywords are IF HE WAS ;) I've seen no evidence offered to show that was true.

Anonymous said...

I am just curious how the paper can quote from the District that he was allowing students to view inappropriate websites. I know that the District has a filter on the computers so these websites are not available for student viewing. It is also amazing that when the first article appeared in November that the District even made a comment.

SCATS said...

To 9:16AM ~~ Good points both! GCSD is usually so tight-lipped.