First of all I would like to express my congratulations to Joseph Drake, who has been re-instated after being placed on administrative leave for expressing his grievances to DISD trustee Edwin Flores. It is nice to see that the district is capable of reversing itself when it has made an error, now let's see if they can do it again.
To learn more: http://www.wfaa.com/news/education/DISD-Reinstates-Teacher--138433879.html
It is also nice to see the union begin to take what some might call a stand. When I came forward, they took a typical "let's sit on the sidelines and see who wins" approach by neither condemning nor condoning my call for action. Now, they are calling the district out on some of their strong-armed tactics.
However, work is not yet done. I realize that this blog is no longer the "flavor of the month" with our local news, and that is fine. Local news is more entertainment, and this blog is becoming an old story. Of course, that is what the board is counting on. They are hoping that the public forgets, and that we forget.
The easiest way to kill any idea is to simply ignore it and let it fade into the background, and that appears to be the board's approach to the sick out. They have not responded to any of my statements, whether directly or through the media. They figure that the public will lose interest, teachers will lose nerve (because, let's face it, we usually do), and February 29th will come and go as if nothing happened. Americans tend to have a very short attention span and a rather flaky memory, and they are counting on us to make ourselves look ridiculous. We always complain that the district is strong on words, but weak on action. Let's not emulate them.
I do not expect this blog or this topic to consume your every waking moment, but I urge you not to forget what we can accomplish if we work together. Remind your friends to keep checking in and stay involved.
One last note, I would urge all of you to ask your facilities staff about the moves the district is making towards outsourcing them. At a recent meeting, custodial staff was told that the department was doing everything it could to save money and save our custodians' jobs. One man in attendance suggested that the department was top heavy, with too many executives with overlapping responsibilities. He was told promptly he needed to "sit down." We are not alone in being bullied, and we need to show our support for the hard working people who keep our buildings safe and presentable for our students.