Had a rather interesting department meeting today.
Today, as an official part of the meeting, we heard a story of a teacher at another school who was suspended without pay for five days after the superintendent visited and the teacher did not have a lesson plan (or lesson plans). I recognized this as one of the urban myths that Voice For School Truth outlined in his post here (point #6).
And I said so.
She said she trusted the person who told her this story, that this person was not a rumor-spreader, but, come on... if a teacher was really suspended without pay for not having a lesson plan, don't you think the union would be all over that? Wouldn't we know his name? His school? Wouldn't there be media coverage? I mean, yeah, it's bad not to have a lesson plan, but there is a process that happens when something like this occurs. He might get a letter in his file. He might even get put on a Personal Improvement Plan. But suspended for five days? I think not.
So, is the union spreading lies about Alonso in order to make their case better? I mean, they must know that calling for his ousting is ludicrous on its face. So they have to do this, I guess.
Or maybe the fear is being generated from other ways, like from all the firings/forced resignations at North Avenue.
All this political intrigue, I'm not sure if my heart can stand it...
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