Friday, July 06, 2012

More GCSD Employees Behaving Badly ...

   
AnonymoAnonymousus said...

Scats:

Its that time of year where the graduation party circuit is in full swing. Several times at the last few events, a tenured GCSD teacher has been observed talking about some of her past students' academic performance to other GCSD parents and children.
She does not present them in a positive light and goes on to even indicate that she did whatever she could to make their lives more difficult while she was involved with them because she didn't like the parents or them.

She appears to be very proud of how much influence she can have. We know the ones she talks about and ironically they have gone on to do better in sports, land better internships and get better grades than the ones(mostly her own children) she brags about that she promoted.

We find her conversations very unbecoming of what we believe to be a very professional staff in the district and uncomfortable.

There must be a code of ethics or conduct even tenured teachers sign up for somewhere?
7/06/2012 6:23 AM

To 6:23AM ~~ Sadly, within Greece Central the policies, rules, regulations and even laws are frequently broken, ignored, purposely misapplied, etc. Our own BOE sets the tone every July with the dog & pony show they have over signing their own "code of ethics." Some years, they have immediately turned around and voted without attending to policy at the same meeting!

Disciplining a tenured teacher is essentially unheard of. Perhaps public embarrassment will help to control her proclivity to tell tales out of school about other people's kids. We can only hope.
 
  

34 comments:

SCATS said...

Anonymous said...
SCATS, my apologies if you get this twice. I'm not sure my last post actually went through. Anyway, not only is the behavior being described unprofessional, it is also a violation of FERPA (Family Education Rights and Privacy Act), a federal law that carries heavy fines associated with violation. In addition, she could have her teaching certification revoked by NYSED for this behavior (tenured or not). If the parents of these kids discover that she is speaking of their "Educational record" in public....they have a case.

7/06/2012 10:09 AM

SCATS said...

NOTE ~~ The previous comment came in while I was creating this BLOG, so I'm posting it here too.

Anonymous said...

Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA)



Parents and students put their trust in the stewards of education data to ensure students’ personal information is properly safeguarded and is used only for legitimate purposes and only when absolutely necessary. The Department deeply values this trust and strives to ensure it is doing all it can do to protect the privacy of our students as the uses of their data to improve education increase.

•Safeguarding Student Privacy
PDF (250K)

The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) (20 U.S.C. § 1232g; 34 CFR Part 99) is a Federal law that protects the privacy of student education records. The law applies to all schools that receive funds under an applicable program of the U.S. Department of Education.

FERPA gives parents certain rights with respect to their children's education records. These rights transfer to the student when he or she reaches the age of 18 or attends a school beyond the high school level. Students to whom the rights have transferred are "eligible students."


•Parents or eligible students have the right to inspect and review the student's education records maintained by the school. Schools are not required to provide copies of records unless, for reasons such as great distance, it is impossible for parents or eligible students to review the records. Schools may charge a fee for copies.

•Parents or eligible students have the right to request that a school correct records which they believe to be inaccurate or misleading. If the school decides not to amend the record, the parent or eligible student then has the right to a formal hearing. After the hearing, if the school still decides not to amend the record, the parent or eligible student has the right to place a statement with the record setting forth his or her view about the contested information.

•Generally, schools must have written permission from the parent or eligible student in order to release any information from a student's education record. However, FERPA allows schools to disclose those records, without consent, to the following parties or under the following conditions (34 CFR § 99.31):

◦School officials with legitimate educational interest;

◦Other schools to which a student is transferring;

◦Specified officials for audit or evaluation purposes;

◦Appropriate parties in connection with financial aid to a student;

◦Organizations conducting certain studies for or on behalf of the school;

◦Accrediting organizations;

◦To comply with a judicial order or lawfully issued subpoena;

◦Appropriate officials in cases of health and safety emergencies; and

◦State and local authorities, within a juvenile justice system, pursuant to specific State law.

Schools may disclose, without consent, "directory" information such as a student's name, address, telephone number, date and place of birth, honors and awards, and dates of attendance. However, schools must tell parents and eligible students about directory information and allow parents and eligible students a reasonable amount of time to request that the school not disclose directory information about them. Schools must notify parents and eligible students annually of their rights under FERPA. The actual means of notification (special letter, inclusion in a PTA bulletin, student handbook, or newspaper article) is left to the discretion of each school.

For additional information, you may call 1-800-USA-LEARN (1-800-872-5327) (voice). Individuals who use TDD may call 1-800-437-0833.

Or you may contact us at the following address:

Family Policy Compliance Office
U.S. Department of Education
400 Maryland Avenue, SW
Washington, D.C. 20202-8520

SCATS said...

To 10:35AM ~~ Thanks for posting. I've never heard of anyone in Greece getting relief from rules, but we can hope.

Anonymous said...

Well, the good news is that this really has nothing to do with the school district. It's a NYSED/Fed Gov't issue.....if parents and/or the students whose educational record is being released file a complaint...they WILL get a response.

Anonymous said...

FERPA applies to the institution, not the teacher. If the teacher was boasting about the positive grades and behavior of students, would people still be upset? Kids talk about teachers in unfavorable terms, so why should teachers be prevented for doing so. I don't condone the behavior, but let's not take the human out of the teacher. This lady just seems disgruntled, and that is not a crime. Besides, did anyone ever consider maybe the kids were jerks? Just a thought...

SCATS said...

To 11:39AM ~~ It is still a GCSD employee doing it.

To 12:27PM ~~ Yes, I'm sure she's a "victim" of her charges. Let's start raising money so she can retire too ;)

Anonymous said...

Good idea Scats. Where and to whom do I send my check.

SCATS said...

To 3:12PM ~~ If only $$ were the solution to everything. It is not.

Anonymous said...

Can someone please tell me the impact that this conversation is going to have in solving the problems that confront our children's education.?This one looks like 3rd grade show and tell time and nothing more
As an occasional participant on this site, I would like. To see some suggestions and possible solutions put forth that will take us in that direction .The rest iis no more than gossip and a lot of useless finger pointing.
If this site is going to help make difference for the future, let's come together with some comments committed to that goal

SCATS said...

To 4:45PM ~~ Public embarrassment works pretty well, as per the Karen Klein debacle.

By the way, I know you aren't such an infrequent visitor or pundit as you would have us believe.

Anonymous said...

It is never agood sign when a teacher talks bad about a student, especially if she is giving names. To the person who overheard this conversation, it is your responsibility to let administration know about this so that it can be taken care of. I, as an administrator, do not tolerate such behavior from my staff.

Anonymous said...

7:23 are employe d by GCSD?

SCATS said...

To 8:36AM ~~ Does that really matter? The suggestion sounds good to me, in a FUNCTIONAL system. Of course Greece is not.

Anonymous said...

Blob master, my question was directed at administrator.
I was rexpecting an answer from this person as I was curious if she worked for Greece ? It makes a diference to me!!!!!

Anonymous said...

12:27: All employees of a school district are subject to FERPA. How do you an "instituation"...you don't...the PEOPLE within it are the subjects of such legislation. And to the person who asked if there would be such a reaction if the teacher was talking positively about a student...you're right, probably not...BUT the fact remains that both examples are a violation of this law. "Releasing an educational record" w/out the parent's permission or the permission of the student if he/she if over 18 is NOT LEGAL...besides, let's just assume that you agree that teachers speaking negatively WITH NAMES to others about students is about as unprofessional as it gets. They're human, someone says. That's very true, but guess what....a Xerox employee, also human, could be photographed doing keg stands at a grad party and not a whole lot of hoopla will ensue...let a teacher be photographed doing the same and let's see what happens. The stakes are different, like it or not. Teachers, administrators, etc. have a huge burden placed on them. It's called PUBLIC accountability...they are supposed role models for our future. You get it now?

Anonymous said...

I'm so damn wary of hearing about disgruntled GCSD and Town of Greece employees.

Is there a single gruntled employee in either place? If so would said employee kindly stand up and be counted.

Anonymous said...

Yes, employed by the district.

Anonymous said...

Please provide the definition of gruntled. Thanks.

SCATS said...

To 9:46PM ~~ Gruntled means satisfied or happy.

Anonymous said...

To 9:46... Don't have Google??

Anonymous said...

I beg to differ.

http://www.worldwidewords.org/qa/qa-dis1.htm

Anonymous said...

To 8:26, i do have google, or the more reason why before you post idiocies you would do your research.

http://www.worldwidewords.org/qa/qa-dis1.htm

SCATS said...

Yet Merriam-Webster defines it as I did ;)

http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/gruntle

Anonymous said...

But as the previous post stated, they wanted to know about any employees that are gruntled, which means that they were happy at one time and i know many people that are gruntled, as i know many people that are gruntle, such as me. I am a gruntle person, i have not been compromised by the state of education, yet.

Disgruntled= was not happy
Gruntle=happy (al.hough i disagree that it is word)
Gruntled= was happy

SCATS said...

To 5:05PM ~~ I don't consider it to be a word either. Oh, the things I learn on this BLOG ...

Anonymous said...

To 1:05, one more time, in ENGLISH please!

Anonymous said...

This person "observed" the conversation. They did not hear it! If they did they wouldn't have used the word "appears". If they were having this conversation or even remotely involved they would have said it.

SCATS said...

To 8:43PM ~~ The person used the word observed early on. The word appears was in relation to how the person seemed to look (proud) upon sharing the tales. In either case, it doesn't excuse the behavior, does it?

Anonymous said...

To 7:28, I am sorry if you have a very limited grasp of the English language.

Anonymous said...

Where does this teacher work

Anonymous said...

Thank you very much for posting this as a discussion. Yes the teacher is GCSD and the information in regard to bringing this forward will not go on deaf ears. Yes I did post that I observed the behaviour. I absolutely refuse to engage in conversations like that. So I sat and listened and I will approach the teacher one on one and advise that I will be taking this forward. What troubled me the most: was that this particular person was actually taking with parents whose kids were not nominated for the "Greece student athelete" of the year and did not receive any type of scholarships to attend Colleges(academic or athletic). She continued on to engage those parents to discuss in detail how she could not believe that some of those students were able to get in to certain schools and the awards they were given to do so. One parent actually responded in disbelief because she always thought that one student was a "special ed or boces kid" as she put it.

It was a "jealous" swirl in my opinion. And I get that. But anyone who disagrees here-think about this: you probably do business with an Attorney, CPA of Financial Advisor who lives in Greece: would you expect to ever hear them discussing your personal business? And even more alarming, would expect a member of the greece Police Department or Town Courts to openly admit they had set you up to fail. Teachers are paid by you technically and you trust them to do the best they can with ever single student. Maybe teachers should not be allowed to teach in the same schools that their own children attend. I don't know? But I do know that I observed her again after I posted: now I am driven to take this further. Thank you SCATS

Anonymous said...

If this is true this teacher should be fired. Please take it as far as you can.

Anonymous said...

Does mom plan on going to college with her daughter to make sure she gets all awards (athletic and academic) she can. Kid was handed quite a bit even though she did not deserve them.