Baltimore Teachers Union responds to school officials about teachers' appeals
Our story last week about the group of Filipino teachers who protested their contracts being non-renewed for this school year has the Baltimore Teachers Union and school system at odds.
City school CEO Andres Alonso said that teachers showing up last week to air their grievances was inappropriate, and that ultimately, he will scutinize the facts of individual appeals cases keeping in mind that the result will not be about what's best for adults. We posted his full response to the protests here.
Below is the Baltimore Teachers Union response to Alonso:
"Dr. Alonso's comments in The Sun's Education Blog on Thursday, September 16th are contradictory. The BTU began filing appeals for teachers who's contracts had been non-renewed on May 25, 2010 and kept filing appeals through the summer and into the new school year.
Each appeal was hand delivered to Dr. Alonso's office, but the BTU and those non-renewed teachers have yet to get a decision from the CEO. When several BTU staff members and several teachers, who had been non-renewed and were waiting for the CEO's decision on their appeals, attended the School Board Meeting on September 14th, they were told by Board Chair Neil Duke that they could not speak about personal experiences pertaining to their non-renewal.
Dr. Alonso says in the blog, that the discussion at the School Board Meeting pertaining to the non-renewals was inappropriate and that he had yet to see any appeals, however he continued the discussion by offering specific information such as out of the 103 appeals filed by the BTU 22 involved Filipino teachers. Also, Dr. Alonso admitted, during the meeting, that he was "sitting on several appeals." If he hasn't seen any appeals yet, then how can he be sitting on them and how could he know, 22 out of the 103 are involving Filipino teachers?
Dr. Alonso needs to be truthful with himself, the School Board, the media and most importantly with the teachers desperately waiting to hear his decision on their cases. I hope if he is sitting on these cases, that he takes a long look at each case individually and does what is right for the teachers involved and their students."
Marietta English, President
Baltimore Teachers Union