Education

UFT: “Principals in Need of Improvement”

By Stephen Sawchuk — March 02, 2009 1 min read

I’m on the mailing list for a lot of teachers’ union trade papers, which are useful for gauging issues of importance to local affiliates.

The New York Teacher, a publication for the United Federation of Teachers, contained a bit of a surprise in the Feb. 19 edition: a new feature, called “Principals In Need of Improvement.”

“When a principal gravely mismanages a school and makes life impossible for the staff, it tends to happen in the shadows. Many staff members are intimidated and afraid to speak out for fear of reprisals. But for the sake of the staff and of the students, this situation needs to be brought into public view. As a result, these stories will be told in this occasional series,” the paper states.

Looks like the union’s not afraid to play hardball with some of those principals it asserts are arbitrary and vindictive.

A version of this news article first appeared in the Teacher Beat blog.