Sunday, April 27, 2014

"Investigate the Massive Terminations of African American Teachers in U.S. Schools" by Rosita Chatonda

From Massachusetts to Michigan, from New York to New Orleans, tens of thousands of Black teachers are being "structured out" of the Education field. The Chicago Public Schools is no exemption. Over 6,000 Black teachers lost their jobs in the Chicago Public Schools (CPS) between 2010 and 2013. 

In 3 years, can 6,000 educators become incompetent?  Would 6,000 educators decide to retire all at once? Since the year 2000, over 10,000 have lost their jobs.  The same is true for almost every large urban school district highly populated by African Americans. Cities like New Orleans, Detroit, Philadelphia and many more have been affected.   

Nationwide over 100,000 African American teachers have been terminated.  Massive termination of African-American teachers since the late 1990s needs an explanation. We request the following: 

  1.      An investigation into the massive terminations of African-American teachers (in Chicago and across America);
  2.         An investigation on how E3s or Corrective Actions in all states are executed;
  3.        An investigation on possible repercussions to African American teachers who advocated against the expulsions and suspensions of Black students;
  4.      An investigation on pseudo-evaluations performed on African American teachers who cared to get involved and helped students get the resources the needed;
  5.        An investigation into practices that attorneys used that are not in compliance with the law, e.g., bringing unsubstantiated charges against African American teachers;
  6.          An investigation into why thousands of African American teachers who paid union dues over several decades were unable to get due process support from our collective bargaining units.  In other words, the unions have not protected us. 

The decimation of Black teachers for the last 60 years, since the Brown vs.
Topeka Board of Education decision, is an issue that has remained silent for too long. We need an investigation and the overturn of all "suspicious" dismissals of tenured teachers and long-term staff that occurred in the past fifteen years.

Please contact the following authorities with your concerns:
  1. Attorney General, Eric H. Holder, Jr.,- 202-514-2001 
  2. United States Secretary of Education, Arne Duncan - 1-800-USA-LEARN (1-800-872-5327)
  3. White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for African Americans (WHIEEAA) David Johns - Executive Director - 202-205-9853 
  4. White House - Comments: 202-456-1111, Switchboard: 202-456-1414
  5. Click Here to sign a petition on this issue

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