Posted 10 years ago on Oct. 12, 2013, 12:51 p.m. EST by owshelpermonkey
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I am David Suker, the teacher the Bloomberg administration fired for speaking out for justice.
For the past 11 and a half years I have been a vocal advocate for public school students, for fair treatment of students of color, inner city GED students and the student victims of bureaucratic incompetence and indifference of the Bloomberg administration's public school policy. I have objected to policy implementations that the media have never exposed to the public and the public is still unaware of. These implementations directly harm students both personally and psychologically, and in their educational prospects.
Seeing a critical moment of opportunity for social change, I joined Occupy Wall Street from its third day drawing high-profile attention in the news media because of my arrest at the head of the Brooklyn Bridge march on Oct, 1, 2011.
It was too high a profile for the mayor and Department of Education: to silence my critical voice, the DoE fired me.
As you know, the current city administration prides itself on the success of its program to privatize education, a program which depends on the comparative failure of the public schools. My critical voice had long been a thorn in their side within the school system. Low-level administrators had attempted to punish me before. When I drew wide-spread attention through OWS, the DoE immediately and rapidly invaded my entire personal history to find any evidence of impropriety. Holding a quickly drawn-up and questionable bill of particulars, the DoE summarily fired me.
I have already won my case against the DoE's findings. The court has ordered the DoE to reinstate me. But the DoE is appealing.
Meanwhile my license remains revoked: I cannot teach; I cannot receive unemployment benefits; I cannot support my two children.
I am an army veteran and a dedicated teacher and father. I believe in serving my country, my city, my students, my children. Who are the bureaucrats serving who fired me? They serve neither students, nor the public schools, nor the public that pay their salaries. They serve their superiors.
My story has been written up in Parent Advocates blog by Betsy Combier, and a comprehensive account will appear soon on The Assailed Teacher, a blog and webnews service that exposes administrative efforts to undermine the public schools through its teachers. Please read through my case help me publicize it in any way you can.