On another post Old Timer wrote:
"John was/is a good man. I am sure that many people in the upper echelons of the union and PPS fit the same character description.
But to me at least, power corrupts and skewers the way one thinks. It becomes less and less about constituency--about the kids, or about the rank and file---and more and more about one's affiliations and personal goals.
John was at no time a scapegoat. I will never know what caused him to forget his rank and file teachers during his time at the top. I am sure that there are things we will never know that for whatever reason, he will not divulge.
I do not believe it was payola, but I do believe in political deal-making. That John and his lieutenants got into bed with this lot is beyond disappointing.
And with this in mind, a complete cleaning of house is in order.
John's staff needs to resign immediately, or at the very least, a special election needs to be held.
Please know this: when Gates brought his $40 million to town, the understanding was that the union had to be in check, on board, etc. This was a guarantee that had to be made.
Now that Gates has provided teachers with misery and made both the public at large and parents look at the district as being "a top district on the national scale", as after all, Bill Gates brought the armored car here---perhaps we can all agree that Gates has provided PPS with a wonderful trainwreck. It's a complete failure/ It's a way to intimidate and remove teachers. It has NOTHING to do with the kids.
Questioner--this should be a separate thread."