Monday, August 3, 2009

Irony: Press release welcomes RSD teachers, news report notes firing of RSD teachers

On the same day that the Recovery School District issued this statement to the news media:

NEW ORLEANS, LA.- Recovery School District (RSD) Superintendent Paul Vallas will deliver remarks
to hundreds of new and returning RSD school-based staff, including school
administrators and teachers, at the Opening of School Convocation, Tuesday,
August 4, 2009, at Franklin Avenue Baptist Church, 2515 Franklin Ave. in New
Orleans. The program will take place from 1:00 p.m. to 3 p.m. at the church. The
event also will feature a special announcement by the New Orleans Hornets....

The Times-Picayune posted this story by reporter Sarah Carr noting that over 100 teachers and school employees in RSD schools have been fired.

According to the article, many of those who lost their jobs are veterans who say they are being replaced with Teach for America volunteers who can be hired for much less money. TFA officials dispute that claim.

One thing is indisputably true for teachers who work in Recovery District Schools: they surrender all rights when they enter the door. As Carr's article puts it: "Seniority guarantees nothing, collective bargaining does not exist, and teachers keep their jobs only at the discretion of their principals."

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