CSA President Mark Cannizzaro Responds To Prominent New York Times Article
Brothers and Sisters,
Many of you have seen and reacted to this week’s prominent New York Times article detailing how investigations often derail a principal’s efforts to revive troubled schools. The reporter covered just three specific investigations; unfortunately, there are many others like it, so we appreciate the coverage on this critical concern.
As we all know, when principals are tasked with improving instruction, culture, and school data, they must often push staff members outside their comfort zone and make changes to the organization and culture of the school. As a result, leaders trying to turn around schools are frequently faced with tremendous resistance including anonymous, baseless allegations and attacks. CSA zealously and skillfully defends our principals, as the examples in the New York Times illustrates.
As I’ve asserted many times, the DOE must stand side by side with school leaders when pushback occurs in the form of unfounded accusations made by disgruntled employees and those adverse to change. Rest assured, we will continue to press the Mayor and the Chancellor to address this issue. The DOE should exercise the right to discipline employees who lodge baseless or knowingly false accusations.
As I stated in my address at the 2017 Convention back in November, we must work together to create a culture in which potential transformational leaders are not leery of accepting challenging schools. CSA will continue to defend and vindicate the rights of all members and will do so with passion and success.