Stop Blacklisting Teachers Without Cause
  • Petitioned Denver Public Schools Administration and School Board

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Denver Public Schools Administration and School Board

Stop Blacklisting Teachers Without Cause

    1. Petition by

      Denver Classroom Teachers Association

On May 16th parents, teachers, and the community stood in solidarity to oppose Denver Public Schools non-renewals of over 200 teachers and “Do Not Rehire” label on over 80 teachers. Public comments at the school board meeting lasted until past 1am. The Board reacted by directing the administration to review and change the ‘Do Not Rehire’ process.


Please sign our petition to the School Board and DPS Administration requesting that they:


• Make sure that the new Do Not Rehire process follows state norms and is only applied after truly egregious or criminal actions.

• Grant immediate rehiring eligibility to those that do not fit the new do not rehire definition, without a waiting period of banishment from DPS. This should include those that were labeled this school year as well as years past.

• Review and make individual decisions on the hiring recommendations that were before the Board at the Monday, May 20th Board meeting.

 

Make Sure Excellent Teachers are not Treated Like Criminals!


The nearby Aurora School District does not have a systematic do not rehire policy. In the Douglas County School District, a teacher has to exhibit criminal conduct to earn a designation that they should never teach again. In DPS, all you need is a principal that doesn’t think you are “a good fit.” This “good fit” practice has banished high performing teachers from DPS and teaching in general, just because they had a personality conflict with one principal. We applaud the DPS school board for their recent directive to district staff to “change its practice so that there shall not be a permanent restriction on rehire except in serious limited circumstances”.


The problem is: The Devil is in the Details


The School Board did not determine each individual teacher’s case separately whose contract was recommended for non-renewal this spring – even though data presented by teachers and parents, some of whom waited up to 8 hours to present their case, included evidence of teachers who had inspired high student achievement and high personal performance ratings. Instead of engaging in a thoughtful individual review that could have prevented excellent teachers from becoming part of a rush to judgment – the Board decided to agree with all non-renewal recommendations indiscriminately – and to attach a “Do Not Rehire” label en masse – until the new policy is in place.

Also –the school board directive hinted there could be a time period that would determine when someone would be able to apply in Denver again, even if they do not meet the new limited definition of “do not rehire”. If someone does not meet the definition – why are they “banished” at all? Once a “Do Not Rehire” label is associated with a person for any time period, it severely limits their ability to continue their career. We are asking that teachers should be allowed to apply in DPS and other districts without this stigma attached.

Research confirms what parents already know: the most important resource in any classroom is an excellent teacher. Don’t let excellent teachers fall through the cracks!

http://www.denverpost.com/breakingnews/ci_23264782/denver-public-schools-teachers-speak-out-against-losing


http://www.denverpost.com/news/ci_18244104


http://www.ednewscolorado.org/news/denver-schools-will-tweak-do-not-rehire-practice

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    1. Reached 2,500 signatures

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    • Susan Cardasis DENVER, CO
      • about 1 year ago

      DPS has more issues with bad administrators than it does bad teachers. If there is good leadership in a building, there will be good instructional modeling. Teachers get fired, even escorted out of a building but administrators get reassigned and continue to receive high salaries for sub-standard work. It's time for a change.

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    • Patricia Kettle DENVER, CO
      • about 1 year ago

      I support teachers - they do an extremely difficult job - particularly in today's economic climate. And, I am one of the blacklisted teachers from DPS.

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    • travis glatthar AURORA, CO
      • about 1 year ago

      I work for Denver and know some teachers should not have been fired.

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    • Kristi Butkovich DENVER, CO
      • about 1 year ago

      This "Do Not Rehire" policy is classic McCarthyism

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    • frank ooms DENVER, CO
      • about 1 year ago

      Because it's tyrannical and ridiculous! Boasberg plays huge in DPS's debt with his Wall Street gambling. These are our children, not stock options. The Administrators and principals alike need to be held to the same standard.

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