First off, I'd like to say that I'm so, so proud of these Charter faculty
for doing what they felt was right. I know some of them were you-know-who supporters, or have heard hearsay of such, and the fact that they could set their opinions of his work aside and say that he was doing something wrong, discriminatory, and illegal just really gives me confidence in the Charter faculty that I may never have had before. I mean, some of the names don't surprise me (Basquill, Rescigna) but some of them definitely do, and just let me say... Thank you, Charter faculty, for doing what was right.
Because it's not a matter of whether he was a good "president" or not. It's a matter of the fact that he has allegedly been sexist and inappropriate and sexually harassing
at least one woman and possible more. It disgusts me that people are saying "what's the big deal?" just because they liked having him as their principal. Sexual harassment is not only prejudiced
as well, and anyone who thinks that sexually harassing women in the workplace isn't a big deal is disgusting and a disgrace.
So I am glad that many names I know and recognize, as well as some I don't, have done the right thing and, despite any personal feelings towards Russo, stood up for equality and justice. Thank you.
However, I am less than thrilled about this:In a March 3 public meeting, the Charter Board of Directors voted to give Russo the opportunity to challenge his termination in a hearing with adjudicators selected jointly by counsels for the board and Russo.
If no agreement is reached by March 13, both parties will select a hearing officer from the American Arbitrations Association.
The hearing will be private to protect the privacy of the witnesses.
How could they possibly cave to the pressure of the ignorant, teeming masses? It disgusts me, it really makes me sick...[EDIT]
I emailed the Charter teachers who I had on the list of the ones who signed the letter to thank them. In case anyone cares.