As predicted in January: http://transparentchristina.wordpress.com/2012/01/19/big-news-in-de-charterland-welcome-dsea-netde-credo-charterfallacies/
We now have teachers inside the school crying for help. All they want is an ear that isn’t tone deaf and steady leadership. From the inbox:
I teach at Delaware College Preparatory Academy. We organized last year, voting in the winter to be represented by the Delaware State Education Association (DSEA). We believe that teachers deserve fair treatment and respect, that our students deserve excellent services, that our school should function smoothly, and that our administration should provide support to good teaching.
As required by law, our union has negotiated with the school in good faith. Our primary concern was and still is having a positive school environment for our students and a fair workplace with due process for our teachers. Therefore, our contract outlines many items that are standard best practices in schools, but are often overlooked or blatantly violated at DCPA.
I have believed several times that we had conceptual agreement on the major areas of the contract. Unfortunately, this has not resulted in a contract. Throughout the process the school has repeatedly delayed negotiations, blatantly ignored communications, and ignored requests for meetings and information. The school has even ignored communications from the state’s Public Employment Relations Board (PERB). Because of this, DSEA has filed for mediation on our behalf and will also be reaching out to policy makers and stakeholders on this matter.
Please note that this is not about money. In fact, we are not asking for any salary or benefit increases in this contract.
Our school is in trouble. This contract can help by making DCPA a safer environment for our kids, by enforcing a student code of conduct, and by empowering teachers to do their jobs without fear of retribution.
I am writing because we need your support to get DCPA on track. Please help us and help our school! Contact our Board President and Executive Director to urge our school to negotiate in good faith. Here is their contact information:
Howard Johnson, Executive Director
Yardise Jones, Board President
I wonder if there will be a witch hunt like back in May where two DCPA teachers were hauled into the Executive Director’s office and verbally accosted by the school leader and executive Director of the Delaware Charter Network after testifying at a meeting called by Delaware’s elected state legislators. Now e-mail coming to bloggers from other teachers unwilling to go to public meetings. News flash for school leadership: it’s not about two, or four, or ten teachers. It’s about all of them.
But more than that, I wonder if the
Governor,Superintendent, the Secretary of Education and the CSAC down in the DOE Red Clay accountability team are going to ignore a fresh set of red flags perhaps suffering Pencader fatigue? Sure hope not.
Special thanks to commenter MHS for pointing out that RCCSD authorizes this school.