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Ohio: Teacher Reports "Nightmare" in the Lorain City Schools; by Diane Ravitch

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Ravitch gives us the story,  from a teacher in the Lorain City public schools, which were the target of a state takeover under HB 70, a law that was hurriedly passed without debate. The schools were placed under the autocratic control of one man with unlimited powers. Lorain City Schools are living a state takeover nightmare! Never in my career have I witnessed or experienced such dysfunction.For the past 2 years the CEO has been chipping away at the dedicated, experienced staff. First he got rid of administrators. Then he went after the Title I and Special Education teachers. Now it’s the Union Building Reps.'  

Please...Go to the  the comment section of this blog, and read the comment  by Susan Lee Schwartz, who tells how  this largest district of the 15,880 in fifty states,began the assault on teachers in the nineties...the 2nd largest district  LAUSD.

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I began teaching in 1963,; Ba and BS in Education -Brooklyn College. I have the equivalent of 2 additional Master's, mainly in Literacy Studies and Graphic Design. I was the only seventh grade teacher of English from 1990 -1999 at East Side (more...)
 

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HERE IS MY COMMENT,also at the Ravitch blog.

It make s fascinating reading if you realize who I am , and what the power-elite did to me in 1998..

MY comment:

And this is a surprise? To whom? They emptied NYC of the teachers voices, so they could do as they please. Y'all know my story by now, but I summarize it because it is the example that shows how the corrupt Ohio administration can to in in 2019

In 1998, when I was the NY State Educator of Excellence, the NYC school system was the largest in the nation, followed by LA. The war on teachers began here. How easy it would be to take out the professional teacher-practitioner anywhere (like in Ohio) if the could do it in NYC-- "if you could do it THERE, you could do it ANYWHERE," like the song goes.

Surely you have read this, which i posted here at Oped. written one a decade ago

They couldn't say I was incompetent, I was filmed by Harvard and Pew as the NYC cohort -- so -- In a totally lawless act (the Superintendent of District 2 ( the tony NYC district which has the Met, The Mayor's Mansion and the East Side, , the Theater District etc) wrote a letter. It did not allege that I had committed 'corporal punishment (based on verbal abuse). It STATED that I had been Found Guilty (by her alone) and it was published to the entire district. Nothing could stop these lawless empowered elite, in the nineties, and that is why we are where we are today.

The UFT looked the other way, as did unions across the nation, and tens of thousands of the top teacher-practitioners were thrown to the dogs! In LAUSD, Perdaily chronicled it!

Those poor Ohio teachers haven't got a leg to stand on, if they could do this, in the nineties to ME! I was, for 6 month in a rubber room, as the new principal trashed my room, and ended the curricula that I wrote and instituted in that East Side school when it opened-- a curricula that saw my students rise to the top of all the city tests. They were third in NYS when the new ELA writing tests were instituted. I had to be thrown out. Such competence made me powerful.

Tell me again what's afoot in OHIO????

I never was presented with the 'allegation' or a compliant.

The union ignored my pleas as I asked "WHY have I been taken from my practice.

There was no hearing. The Manhattan Bureau rep, Ivan Tiger hung up on me!

Can you spell Lawless?

Unions are the LAW for teachers. Unions have been eliminated across America, but the illusion that teacher unions protect worthless teachers was sold in the media owned by the Educational Industrial Complex

Here is LA again, where Lenny Isenberg pointed out the collusion of the union UTLA which supported the dismissal process (so much for all the ranters who claim unions protect those 'bad teachers)!

And just one more of the posts that told the sad story of the eradication of teachers in LAUSD: as former CTC ATTORNEY, Kathleen Carroll, laid out the UNHOLY ALLIANCE BETWEEN UNION & the PUBLIC EDUCATION PRIVATIZERS

Just to finish THE story of my fight to continue my celebrated practice in NYC: I hired an attorney for $26,000 and was returned to the school in which I had taught the entire seventh grade for eight years . Now I was 'housed' to a storeroom -- where six kids were pulled out each period.*

*Keep in mind, that it was only a year earlier when I was awarded the NYSEC award of excellence. Also, the assault on me occurred even as my work toured the nation with the LRDC (Univ.. of Pittsburgh) who published the Performance Standards at the end of the Pew Research. I was one of six teachers our of 20,000 studied for the research) who met the standards in a unique way.)

And FYI... I was returned to the rubber room, a few months later, when a letter was written by a teacher in another school, saying that I 'wanted to kill the principal.'

LOL! Me? A killer?? BUT>>> "if you could do it in NYC to professional, experienced practitioners like Susan Lee Schwartz, you could do it ANYWHERE," like in any of the 15,880 school systems run by sycophants and corrupt politicians, as in OHIO.

So, when it is said that "It seems anyone who speaks truth to power has become a target to silence"... I say...not anyone... but definitely ALL teachers

... and of course IF the VOICE of the teaching professional in the practice , can be eliminated, why not go and take out the kids, too! Their voices need to be ended. Have we heard from the kids at the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School - school lately?

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and, IMHO, this video "LAWLESS" will stun you, as it did me! It shows how easy it is to go after a teacher---it is the story of the assault on the civil rights of Montana Teacher, Lorna Stremcha, who also wrote a about this life-changing attack on a great teacher.

Bravery, Bullies, & Blowhards: Lessons Learned in a Montana Classroom

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