UPDATE: That was one intense meeting. At one point a woman started shrieking “Remember the Children, Remember the Children!” Folks clapped for that, and I felt fortunate not to be an education report. Too many sentimental teachers.
About 50 teachers and parents attended the meeting to support a teacher who was fired Monday. Apparently she’s accused of emailing a blog that’s critical of the school’s CEO, but I’m not 100 percent clear about that. I won’t be writing the story.
The teacher is in her fourth year at the school. Parents and colleagues say she’s the greatest. They had less nice things to say about the school administration. Apparently quite a few teachers have been canned by the school, which is independent of the school district even though it’s funded with tax dollars. Also, the teachers aren’t unionized.
They’re sending me to a meeting tonight at FAME charter school in Fremont. It’s popular with Muslim families, and there’s been a lot written about its CEO, most notably this storyin the NYTimes.
Here’s a paragraph of that story:
Last year, state auditors pinpointed dozens of irregularities, including unusually high compensation of more than $336,663 for FAME’s director, Maram Alaiwat, for whom the school also bought a $75,000 Mercedes. In interviews with The New York Times, former employees have described a climate of intimidation punctuated by capricious firings, and a purchasing process so haphazard that textbooks and writing materials were sometimes in short supply.
Critics of the CEO say they’re going to be present at tonight’s meeting and demand her ouster. And, they’ve got a blog.