Promoted by Rosi. Who would ever think that progressive Highland Park would turn into a Ground Zero for ed “reform” or union-busting? This week, on short notice, more than 300 people turned up when they saw the Highland Park School Board take a sudden wrong turn. One of them was Darcie Cimarusti = Mother Crusader. She stood up to speak. Read the speech below the fold. Now consider that 15 days ago, Darcie was elected to the school board she addresses in her speech …
Cross-posted with Mother Crusader.
I’ve honestly never seen anything like what happened Monday night in my home town of Highland Park, New Jersey.
Scores of Highland Park residents and union supporters came out Monday night to the auditorium at Bartle Elementary to protest layoffs of nine staff members at Highland Park’s schools, including two top union officials.
The school board and administration were literally surrounded by critics: So many people showed up that they had to take out a partition in the wall, doubling the size of the room and letting the overflow crowd tickle into the nosebleeds. (emphasis mine)
Yup, that’s right. The Board, at the recommendation of our brand new Superintendent, approved a Reduction in Force (RIF) of nine district employees on November 4th, 2013. The RIF included the President and Vice-President of the Highland Park Education Association, and came after contract negotiations reached an impasse. (Note: A tenth employee was RIFed on October 7th, 2013 but this position is often not added to the nine RIFed on 11/4)