This Open Letter to:
NYC DOE Chancellor
Joel I. Klein
New York City Mayor
NY State Labor
Reports in the File
Step 1: Principal Harry Van Arsdale High
Step 2: Superintendent Brooklyn and Staten Is. High
Schools Dist. 76
Step 3: NYC DOE Chancellor: Joel I. Klein
Nothing for granted
Grievance: Step 1, 2, 3
Step 1. Principal: Bruce M. Billig U.F.T. Rep.
School Chapter Leader: John L. Jance
Hearing Officer: Judith Curran; BASIS Sup. Reyes Irizarry's Rep: Robert
Klein U.F.T. Rep: Charles Friedman
Step 3. NYC DOE Chancellor Joel I. Klein's Rep: Alex
Tare; U.F.T. Rep: Linus A. James, Superintendent's Rep: Albert Vazquez
Martin F. Scheinman; UFT Rep: Gary
Rabinowitz and Sherylyn Bailey; Leslie Morsillo for NYC DOE
Where did this happen?
New York City Public
School: Harry Van Arsdale High
School Brooklyn, NY
Class: Grade 9 High
School Math A
students in Class #129
After lunch session Math Class
Want to know more?
"Freedom means liberty and justice for
all." When segregation and discrimination continues, 'I have a
dream' is nothing more than a dream which has not yet come true even in
New York City, the city of liberty in the 21st century! Where is my
freedom in New York?
New York City
Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg, NYC DOE Chancellor Joel I. Klein, UFT
President Randi Weingarten
I would like to
give the following information directly to you without any barriers
between us for a peaceful resolution.
What Happens? The four "buddy-buddy" reports which were created intentionally were given to me in the span of
three days time, with no time for any improvement, resulted in the termination of my dream career with the New York City Department of Education (NYC DOE) in January 2003. It was truly a work of a mastermind which brought grave shame to this great city of liberty.
How can I ever teach in the NYC Public School, when NYC DOE keep these
inaccurate, inconsistent, incoherent, and biased 'buddy-buddy' reports in their file, and how could a pathetic leadership give positive message or hope to thousands of New York City students? New York City DOE Chancellor Joel I. Klein and the United Federation of Teachers (UFT) President Randi Weingarten should answer my questions because it had happened under your leadership, and your decisions based on the biased, inaccurate reports which were created on the basis of unruly fictitious characters (no such students were studying in my class, or refer all the records), and the unjust law are destroying my dream career, and so many other opportunities. Your representatives betrayed and humiliated me in the grievance step 1, step 2, step 3, and the arbitration proceedings.
is the Motive? When I evaluated the Regents Mathematics A
examination in January 2003, the result was so miserable. The
conditions of the school echoes in the words of AP on the evaluation
day, "Can't you get a couple of people up?" Now I know why we were
compelled to use erasable red pencil for evaluating Regents examination, when
red pen is an option. Desperate and pathetic administrators! Few of them are in
the system for long time and know how to abuse the power. Poor students and
their parents will never know the truth and paying the ultimate price. In order
to cover the problems, to save their jobs and to divert the attention of their
supervisors and the parents, sacrifice of a scapegoat may continue as a cover
up. This kind of uncivilized tactics do not produce any desirable result or do
any good to the students or bring any goodwill to a nation except some personal
Could anyone tell me what did they achieve by this inhuman act which
destroyed my dream career, except few of them saved their jobs and on their
career ladder with the New York City Department of Education? One became a
principal now, in just two years' time with a meager BA
degree and with no better knowledge of elementary Math, and that is the
only thing happened; this
woman was very new in the NYC public school system and had no prior experience
when her controversial decisions destroyed my dream career is an undeniable
fact. What was she doing when I wrote academic books for Grade Ten, and ITI Science and
Applied Mathematics 18 years back, before my grade nine students of Harry Van
Arsdale High School Brooklyn were born? It was her cruel
winning strategy. Psalm 35: 8.
"Castles built on dead bodies will be filled with curse for generations to carry
Students are not the winners here, and are still in one of the lowest performing
schools in New York City, lower than the performance of many schools in the
developing countries! Pathetic and chaos are mild words. Everyone involved in
this case should understand that the present educationally bankrupt public
school system is not because of my few months of teaching in Harry Van Arsdale High
School or another session of teaching in Carroll Garden School in Brooklyn,
going on? My emotional distress continues,
two years and counts. Years of hard work have been lost and can never be
retrieved. The pain they brought to me and to my family is unfathomable. UFT and
the NYC DOE delayed the step1, step 2, step 3 grievances and the arbitration
intentionally, but any lesser mortal would have been out by this time, and that
is the only mission of these mockery proceedings, and no due course in any
standard. These were no less than the humiliating experience of a poor rape
victim's trial in a court. This dispute began two years ago and I am still
waiting to hear the final word from the NYC DOE Chancellor. All those who
involved in this case should hang their heads in grave shame for ever. This
fragile life is
too short to live a treacherous life. Just one stroke, one fall or a wrong turn
that's all it takes. UFT at 50 and 52 Broadway
Manhattan, and 355 Adams St. Brooklyn should understand that cover up is worse
than the crime.
New York City was my employer, and the lawmakers in the New York City
Council should change the unjust law that "the supervisory decisions cannot be
challenged." Invincible supervisors? Did these "buddy- buddies" solve the
problems now, when they made me a scapegoat? Miserably failed to justify their
actions without producing any good result in the Regents High School
Examination. If the leadership is any good, it will
reflect in the results, and there won't be any "buddy buddy" union of
treachery. If this is the law, liberty and justice for all is a joke, and
in my case it is a barbarous law, no different than a law of the
jungle, or of the "Nazis."
These four 'reports' in the DOE file and the
decisions are wrong and biased, and
I am the victim. What did I do wrong to lose my career for ever? I
certainly do not deserve this kind of "dishonorable departure" due to deception.
Unfortunate things and mistakes may happen, but a man with integrity and
sincerity will correct them. Correcting a mistake will not question the
integrity, sincerity and wisdom, but certainly it will, if not. Justice delayed is justice denied.
Don't be a coward,
but correct the mistakes. When these wrong and
biased reports, and the mockery proceedings destroy my career, its a disgrace to the NYC Department of
Education and the UFT. How could you ever forget that New York is the greatest
city where we proclaim liberty and justice for all?
is to be done? A peaceful resolution is what
I am asking for. All the four inaccurate, inconsistent, incoherent, and biased reports which are
destroying my dream career and so many other opportunities should be sponged
(Documentation: Section 4) from the NYC DOE file, and I should be
reinstated with the NYC DOE without any more delay. Being a third generation
teacher, I have a better vision and
to be a better educator; teaching is not just a career for me, but a
passion and I will always devote my life for the benefit of the students.
Looking forward the bright light at the end of the tunnel.
to hear a positive reply from the NYC DOE Chancellor.
God Bless America, the land I
(today's victim, tomorrow's victor)
Observation by Principal
Bruce M. Billig
on Jan.06, 2003
Pre-observation conference (violates UFT contracts)
Unruly fictitious characters, I'd never
been in room 211, wrong biased report.
Jan. 16, 2003
Observation by AP
on Jan.07, 2003
Pre-observation conference (violates UFT contracts)
Back to back observation, fictitious characters,
wrong biased report.
Jan. 17, 2003
Brooklyn and Staten Is. High Schools - BASIS, School District 76
Superintendent Reyes Irizarry's Rep. Robert Klein
on Jan.14, 2003
Pre-observation conference (violates UFT contracts).
Just a part of
With a recording device sneak into the classroom without any proper
introduction along with the interim AP. When they provoked, a student abused them which I quoted
in a rectangular box along with his name below in the last page
of my lesson plan which you could read from
this link. (It is so pathetic that they wrongly
misused this quote).
I decided not to permit this student to attend my class unless his parent
come to the school and apologize to the AP, and his mother who was a
teacher did so
the very next day.
Did not use a ruler
and hence its unsatisfactory? I had been using
25 Regents Questions
(Revision) in a double period session at the end of the first
Report received on:
Jan. 16, 2003
5a-b 01/11/02 ???
Log of Assistance by
Interim AP Elana Karopkin
with an imaginary date!
Log received on:
Jan. 15, 2003
These above four inaccurate, inconsistent, incoherent, and biased reports/log
should be sponged from NYC DOE file.
And I should be reinstated without any more delay.