This is one that will make your blood boil. It’s worth watching the video all the way to the end.
- how can we stop this from ever happening again
-why was the teacher not fired?
The answer to the second question posed is clear. The teacher has tenure. Her personnel records cannot be discussed publicly by school so we can’t even know who this is or how many times this may have happened in the past.
As we can see from the very recent case in NYC, teachers with tenure basically have a job for life under present strictures, with very limited possibilities of being fired. Who does this hurt? Kids.
Why is there no recourse, even for cases so clear?
Update: Stuart Chaifetz notes today that while the aide who said “shut up” to Akian was fired, the teacher in charge who used the expletive about Akian is still with the district, moved to the high school.
Update: Here is another video of Stuart thanking people for their response, noting the teacher’s name, and that the school inaccurately was telling parents and media that all the people involved were no longer with the district.
As we noted above, as of today, according to Stuart, the teacher still appears to be with the district. In New Jersey, the process to get rid of a teacher can be a long drawn out one. That should change. But at least, get it started, don’t just transfer someone!