UPDATE April 14:
The Chicago Public Schools have fired Jerold Rodish, a part-time
security guard who has a criminal history that includes arrests for
School security guard fired for lying about criminal history Southtown Star
The Chicago Public Schools on Friday fired a part-time security guard who has a criminal history that includes...
UPDATE April 4: More than
two weeks after word started leaking out that things were going awry at
Washington, the mainstream news has finally come onto the scene to
begin reporting it.. Here are some recent clips, along with those
listed by readers below:
Fights disrupt anti-violence rally at Southeast Side high school Chicago Tribune
An anti-violence rally at
George Washington High School turned ugly Thursday when a ...
Racial tensions growing at Chicago high school ABC7Chicago.com
"I think over time, we need adults to
really focus on children and not focus on the personality issues
there," said Chicago Public Schools CEO Arne Duncan. ...
Original entry March 17: I got this very upset email from a reader about what's going on with the new principal at Washington HS (Florence Gonzalez) -- anyone know the inside scoop or want to help the rest of us understand? (Click below for the email).
The post comes from a blog that's new to me: Corruption, Fraud and Judicial Misconduct
-- apparently written by an author and activist named Linda Achor. Again, if you know anything that makes for good background, let us know.
"OUR KIDS HAVE THE RIGHT TO QUALITY EDUCATION!!!!
This last week when Principal Florence Gonzalez began the mass firing of teachers, she declared war on the communities of South Chicago and the East Side. Chosen
because of her political connections rather than her qualifications,
she knows little about our neighborhoods, and has shown through her
actions that she cares even less about our kids- the students whose
education is entrusted to her.
Teachers and students alike took action even before her term as principal expressing their dissatisfaction with her appointment. Regardless, she was rushed into position, and has been abusing her power since. She has increased police presence in the school, using money for security instead of much needed educational materials. Student
morale is low, and those teachers that encouraged and motivated
students to actually be excited about their education have been
has fired the ONLY bilingual history and math teachers, and those who
run after school activities, INCLUDING the faculty sponsor of STUDENT
Students responded with outrage, going as far as to plan a walk out. Principal Florence Gonzalez reacted with more of the same, warning students that they would be suspended, and that paddy wagons had already been called.
OUR STUDENTS DO NOT NEED A FACIST PRINCIPAL TURNING THEIR SCHOOL HIGHWAYS INTO A PRISON. THEIR EXPRESSION OF DISSATISFACTION SHOULD BE MET WITH CONSIDERATION, NOT WITH THREATS OF POLICE ACTION.
WE DO NOT WANT A PRINCIPAL WHO OBVIOUSLY NOT ONLY DOES NOT CARE FOR OUR CHILDREN, BUT TREATS THEM WITH DISDAIN.
Gonzalez has ties to the HDO, she has fired good teachers and are
replacing them with people who backed her, connected people. She claims
to be firing teachers who are on probation and have done things to
fired. The only thing that these teachers have done is hard work to
teach our children, many times these teachers host special events, come
in early and stay long after the school day is over with, without
getting paid. The meeting held on Monday, when that one teacher stood
up to Principal Gonzalez, she couldn't respond to this teacher, she
knew that this teacher was right. Principal Gonzalez's way of showing
that she cares for our children is not right. The only thing she is
doing is hurting our children at their chance to get a good education."
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