Bob Unger and his good old boys down at the S-T are at it again. They are trying to intimidate NBEA members into rolling over and playing dead while Pia Durkin, Mayor Mitchell, and our misguided School Committee lead our district down the road to ruin.
Sunday’s editorial uses the words “insurrection” and “mutiny” about Friday’s scheduled meeting at New Bedford High School. During a mutiny on board a ship, the captain is taken prisoner and/or killed. I’m quite sure that Dr. Durkin will be alive and well after our meeting. I’m also confident that any organized protests would be peaceful, hardly the full-scale revolt that the paper is saying could happen. Further, the repeated references to a possible stake takeover of our schools if Durkin is ousted are a thinly-veiled attempt to silence us. To date, Commissioner Chester has only placed one district in receivership. The Lawrence Public Schools was designated as Level 5 after MayorLantigua invited Chester to assume control.
I’m still laughing at the headline “Stay the Course on School Reform.” We are being led by a woman who has been an abject failure in Narragansett, Rhode Island and Attleboro. Further, all of Durkin’s initiatives have been repudiated by Attleboro’s new school chief. It appears that the S-T wants to see more bullying/harassment of staff, a total breakdown of student discipline, and focus on false goals that are unattainable.
I look forward to seeing all of my colleagues on Friday, December 13 for our 3:15 P.M. General meeting at New Bedford High School.
We can lead the way to a vibrant school district that truly serves our children. None of this will happen if we remain passive and silent.
I’ll see you Friday.