The Philadelphia School District is moving to fire Hope Moffett, the Audenried High teacher who has been an outspoken critic of the district’s Renaissance Schools overhaul plan.
On Monday morning, Moffett received official documents notifying her that assistant superintendent Linda Cliatt-Wayman is recommending Moffett “be terminated of her service with the School District of Philadelphia.”
She has been in a district “rubber room” for weeks pending a district investigation.
Moffett – whose classroom ouster and subsequent refusal to remain silent on the subject have generated wide support for her among teachers – has been charged with disclosing a document she had been directed not to discuss and allegedly endangering the welfare and safety of students.
The document was the letter ordering her removal from the classroom. Authorities say she endangered her students’ welfare by giving an Audenried student leader tokens that were used to transport students to a Feb. 15 protest outside Philadelphia School District headquarters.
She was removed from her classroom and ordered to a basement administrative office – known as the “rubber room” among teachers – on Feb. 17. LINK
As if the timing of this story could be any better. Here we have a case of a teacher being fired for daring to speak out about school district policy. Let me remind you that the School District of Philadelphia is one of the most dysfunctional bureaucracies in all of government. Teachers working there SHOULD be speaking out. What are things coming to, people?
The district is being INVESTIGATED for financial irregularities related to contracts totaling in the MILLIONS of dollars. Like some middle east dictator, they are trying to crush the opposition by firing the one teacher with the ballz to speak out. Can you imagine… WHY is the school district in such a hurry to dispose of Hope???? Look further and do your own homework.