As expected, at her "town hall meeting" today, Ms. Jackson blamed the teachers for all the low morale at CHHS. Resistant to change, blah, blah, blah. Trotted out every seemingly legitimate complaint about about teachers such as not entering grades into the online portal quickly enough, not giving back tests quickly enough, etc. to try to get parents to believe she's just asking teachers to do what any reasonable parent would want. Meanwhile, conveniently leaving out the fact that her extra meetings, her extra paperwork, her decisions to make teachers teach courses they weren't prepared to teach with no notice, might possibly be a big part of the reason teachers don't have time to do those things as quickly as they'd like. Also, had the nerve to complain that teachers didn't tell her they were unhappy to her face ... I don't know, but when 86% of your staff feels as if it's not safe to raise concerns (57% strongly) with you, then perhaps it's because you've made it clear to them that dissent is not an option for those who don't want to face retribution. It's clear she's not open to the possibility that she's done anything wrong. I'll trust the excellent teachers who've been there for my children over and over again (though some of them are leaving) over the word of this pompous gas bag any day. I haven't seen any able-bodied teachers parking in the handicapped space or wasting taxpayer money on personal golf carts or using others' words and claiming them as their own or extolling their relief at being "back in the south where I can say 'Christmas' instead of 'the holidays'" (she said this in a mandatory faculty meeting on the last evening of Hanukkah after quoting several Bible verses). So, who do I trust?
Handing this off to the School Improvement Team is a cop out. The school board should be removed if they don't address this issue. Many excellent teachers will be leaving. If Ms. Jackson and her Asst. Principals don't face any repercussions for this pathetic showing in a survey that ALL teachers answered, then there will most likely be a mass exodus of talent and dedication. PLEASE take a look at the survey. Be sure to look at the detailed report. The colored bar graphs that show comparisons with the district and rest of the school are absolutely striking. Look at the SCHOOL leadership results. 57% of teachers STRONGLY disagree with the statement that 'teachers feel comfortable raising issues and concerns that are important to them' (another 29% disagree -- leaving only 14% who agree with the statement and NONE who strongly agree). Yes, district leadership is a problem, but this particular principal is also a huge problem. Morale was much better last year even after the forced transfers. Morale has plummeted since Ms. Jackson arrived. 81.4% of teachers DISAGREED with the statement that SCHOOL leadership (not district leadership) consistently supports the teachers. MANY more than 19% of CHHS's teachers are excellent teachers. This means that MANY excellent teachers feel as if they're not being supported by the school's principal and asst. principals. Our community deserves better than this and it's high time we stop blaming the teachers. The fact that none of them want to talk about this publicly speaks volumes.
Could it be that the comment by "steve powder" is a plant ... put here to make Ms. Jackson's critics look racist?
Jackson as quoted in the article:
"I've never intentionally said these are my words, these are my thoughts."
Jackson in an email message to staff regarding the memos she is now accused of plagiarizing (sent prior to the allegations of plagiarism):
"As I reflected on how the relationships were built at my last school, I remembered that I sent them my thoughts on a weekly bases for over five years . . . I will do best to share my thoughts with you weekly so you get to know my belief, values, and thoughts about educating children at CHHS. Notes from the Principal's desk are attached, please read and reflect."
Sounds to me as if she DID say that they are her thoughts.
I don't have her message to paste here, but it was an unattributed Jack Kornfield quote. I was shown her message side-by-side with the following:
Her message changed the wording of the first sentence slightly to match the context and included the second sentence verbatim. There was absolutely no mention of Jack Kornfield or the fact that the words were not hers. It was signed "Principal Sulura Jackson".
Now, I know that it's not as big of a deal to copy what amounts to being a greeting card saying. However, considering what she's accused of, it appears to me as if she's thumbing her nose at the faculty and the community.
I've seen other examples from her that are much worse, but this one came AFTER she supposedly apologized.
Apparently she did NOT learn her lesson. Her Thanksgiving message to her staff was lifted, too ... without attribution.
I think "If the principal does it, then it's not illegal" probably fits her best. This is great!
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