Imagine you have years of experience, awards and a resume that should be framed, but you just can’t land a permanent position in the DOE. I’m not talking about me, but the several hundreds of ATRs and other teachers looking for greener pastures. Not every school or position is a perfect fit for each educator and sometimes, just like in the “real world,” you have to move on. But what if you can’t?
What happens when you try and leave and you are not hired because you are too expensive or too old? What if you aren’t that expensive or old, but you come from a school that has a bad name? Maybe that is a reason a principal wouldn’t hire you. “You came from where? Hmm…you may be damaged goods. No thank you.” We’ve actually heard that.
This is my first time applying on the NYC DOE’s Open Market system. I still have my grievance on being wrongfully removed from IS 49 on the table, but decided to apply to other schools as well.
Thus far, I applied for seven different positions across Staten Island. None of them offered me a job. In fact, only one called me for an interview and then canceled it. You tell me if this seems fishy or just a coincidence:
Congratulations! You have been selected to participate in round one of XXXXX’s interview process for our 2014-15 science vacancy. Round one will entail analyzing data in a group setting and discussing implications for instruction with the other applicants. Based on our cabinet’s observations of the group discussion, interviewees may be invited to stay for a one-on-one interview.
If you are still interested in the position and are able to attend round one of the interview process, please respond to this email ASAP. On June 12th please bring 5 copies of each of the following:
2) A CCLS-aligned Lesson Plan that you created and executed this year
3) A CCLS-aligned Performance Task that you created and implemented this year
4) Your most recent formal observation
We look forward to hearing from you!
“That’s GREAT!” I thought and responded with an honest email:
Thank you for the opportunity to interview this week. Any opportunity to discuss and showcase my abilities and potentially augment a school community is always welcome. However, please know that I do not have items 2 and 3 listed below. Unfortunately, I was kept out of the classroom for over two years. That is something I would like to explain in person.
Enjoy the rest of the weekend. Should you find the time, before the interview, I am including a link to a video that showcases a little of my teaching.
“In the end, we will not remember the words of our enemies, but the silence of our friends.” -Martin Luther King Jr.
How did the interview go? Well, it didn’t.
Due to unforeseen circumstances, your interview for Thursday has been cancelled. We will be in touch if we are able to find time to reschedule.
Unforeseen circumstances? Never heard from them again and the position seems to be still open. In similar news, I dropped off my resume today in person to schools that never called me back. “Emails are so impersonal,” I said, as they told me, “Sorry…positions are filled.” I also applied to Eagle Academy that is co-locating in my original school. Nope. They seem to not be interested in a science teacher, with an engineering degree, teaching underprivileged boys.
Am I…..can I be….blacklisted?
Since the City of NY is now talking potential settlement for my Federal case, I sent the above email and wrote up all similar stories to send to my attorney Bryan Glass, Esq. There was some talk about them stating six figures, but if that is true, they are off by at least a figure. Seems like because I decided to fight back, I may have been problem coded and someone needs to pay for that. Someone will pay for that. Even if I applied for a position in Florida, all a superintendent has to do is Google me and see the over 9,000 hits. “Rubber Room? What’s that?”
Someone has to (will) make me whole.
My resume is great. (I know that sounds arrogant.) At least I think it is. Not only is it great, but my General Science License 5-9 and Earth Science License 7-12 is rare. A principal told me that there is no one else with a resume like mine. Here it is by the way:
So now what?
Well I’ll tell you that I am very curious to know the background of who is hired for these positions that I was not qualified for. A new teacher right out of college? Someone with a Common Branch license and no science or technology experience? Only one way to find out….
FOIL!!! They don’t call me “Frankie the FOILer” for nuttin!
Send an email to email@example.com, FOIL@schools.nyc.gov
Dear Mr. Baranello,
Pursuant to the New York Freedom of Information Law, please send me copies by Email of the following records:
1. The name and personnel file of the NYC DOE employee who obtained the ________ position for the 2014-2015 school year at school _______.
I would appreciate a response within five business days of receipt as required by law.
Thank you for your cooperation.
When you finally get the information, take the name and enter it into the NYSED Certification Search.
Now wait! Please do not get angry and take it out on the poor fellow UFT member who got the position. However, you can try and use the evidence for a potential Office of Equal Opportunity complaint or complaint with the NYS Division of Human Rights. That would best work if you are a 50+ ATR and were not selected because a 22-year old fresh out of college landed that same position.
Lastly, and I don’t know if this helps, right when I hit “SEND” for the FOIL request I yell out “BOOM!!!”