April 12, 2010

Digging for Dirt

It is amazing the lengths that the DOE will go to terminate a teacher.
"And the Oscar for submitting the most incredibly bogus evidence goes to... "My principal". He gets the award for trying to dig up as much irrelevant information that he can get his dirty hands on...short of calling on my fourth grade teacher(god bless her) and finding out if I was ever in detention. If this isn't a witch hunt, then I don't know what is. As the countdown to my 3020a gets closer, my Principal seems to be desperately digging himself into a hole. Isn't it obvious that the more irrelevant the information he submits, the more heinous he appears? Why, oh why can't he stick to the specifications of my case? Could it be that he doesn't have enough evidence to support his accusations? Hmm. Could it be that he is trying to deflect from the real culprit--himself?? Well, it is obvious to anyone with half a brain that my principal dropped the ball on this one, but as we all know, we are dealing with the DOE here.
God only knows what an arbitrator will accept into evidence. I pray that my arbitrator has enough common sense to recognize that my old dental records and what my first boyfriend thinks of me have nothing to do with my charges. The most recent shenanigan my Principal pulled was trying to submit into evidence a document concerning a three year old incident that occurred on a day that I was clearly absent from work. My name wasn't even on it. This incident wasn't even found in my file, but that of a colleague's. Can I be responsible for everything that is wrong with my school? If the infraction was so terrible, why isn't the other teacher being brought up on charges? I know there is a limit as to how far back a Principal can scope into your past for information, but my Principal doesn't seem to have a clue.
Remember Mr. Principal, "A lie has speed, but truth has endurance". ~Edgar J. Mohn


Fidgety said...

I accidentally deleted this comment received from Chaz... But I was able to recover it and paste it here. Sorry Chaz!
"You should be aware that many DOE lawyers like to throw "shit on the wall" and see what sticks. Therefore, the DOE lawyer probably worked with the Principal on supplying the dubious information that the Arbitrator usually sees through.
Stay calm and keep cool and keep eye contact when the principal testifies. Make him feel uncomfortable and smile when you catch him in a lie, which you will write down and give it to your lawyer in front of them".- Chaz

Fidgety said...

Thank you for your advice Chaz. I am definitely approaching foreign territory.