Is Mayor Mitchell serious? Does he need a new PR manager? Is he really this out of touch with the teachers or is his ego so inflated that he lives as a legend of his own mind? His sound bite on WBSM spoke that maybe the teachers would not have voted “NO CONFIDENCE” in Dr. Durkin had they not been afraid of “blowback” from the union. Really, from the union? It is not the union the teachers fear retribution from. It is the administration they fear. That is why so many teachers felt more comfortable going to the NBEA to cast their votes rather than take the chance of being seen attending the meeting on Friday at Keith.
The Mayor along with WBSM’s Phil and the ST need to understand that teachers do not fear change. We live it everyday as each one of our students has different needs and their lives have situations that change daily. We as educators adapt. No, we fear unethical retaliation by those administrators who care more about protecting themselves than doing what is morally right. Grievances are going unresolved and sent through Durkin’s maze of a shell game. Teacher evaluations, in some cases are not genuine but are condoned by the administration as a means to an end. Observations are unprecedented in terms of their occurrence. Student behavior and discipline at all levels has become a growing concern and teachers are feeling a growing concern for their safety and that of their students.
These issues have been raised time and time again however the mayor and the media choose to blame the union and characterize the union as a single member Lou St. John. The vote of “NO CONFIDENCE” was voted upon by 577 teachers in the city of
with 5 voting in favor of Dr. Durkin and 1 abstention of 994 teachers. That speaks volumes. New Bedford
“Blowback”, Mr. Mayor?
I think not!
Friday, May 9, 2014
“Blowback”, Mr. Mayor? I think not! ... Submitted by a member
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