Saturday, March 8, 2008

Deaf School In Buffalo Update

Superintendent William P. Johnson indicated the school can’t stop the students from protesting but that there will be consequences. St. Mary's School for the Deaf is an independent day and residential school that provides specialized services to students of all ages who have hearing-loss. They do get government funding (i.e. by the New York State Education Department).

If this teacher can motivate children to learn and build their self esteem, which it sounds like, maybe a wrong decision by one man not allowing this teacher gaining tenure. Who has authority over him? I believe it is Board of Trustees since it is independent. Students protest is only the tip of the iceberg because this created others to look into and investigate the administrative practices of St. Mary's School for the Deaf. Administrators should remember that education is about doing what is best for the students that they should avoid politics. Because the administration refuses to give a reason for this teacher's termination which made me more curious because the teacher also commented in the news that she did not really know why she got terminated.