The principal acts on rumor & innuedo, calling in my entire class to ask if I’ve done anything wrong. It’s a fishing expedition with, according to concerned students, leading questions. Usually these come when I write a referral for a behavior problem, so there are one or two students who will say anything to try to get back at me, particularly when they well understand administration is against me. However, one of my writeups (I’ve had three in two years, there was not a single collaborator in the class, yet the principal went forward with the action against me, stating, “You have to be aware of parent complaints.” When I told him no one had told me of the complaint and the accusation had been roundly refuted by an entire class, the principal simply shook his head and said it was going in my file.
Last time I wrote a referral the mother complained and I ended up
getting a “Professional Improvement Plan,” kind of the first step toward
being terminated. As a new and non-tenured teacher, I am in tremendous
jeopardy. My union’s view is to just allow the abuse and hope it gets
better. There is some sort of weird rumor mill at this school, and now
virtually no other teachers will even talk to me. I am confused and
angry and feel very much betrayed. Worst of all, I am totally
unempowered by the process. The union rep says administration doesn’t
have to follow their own rules of procedure because they get to make
them up and even change them as they go. Does anyone have any advice???