Thursday, December 31, 2015

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Subornation of Perjury



Subornation of Perjury



Suborn:
To induce a person to give false testimony.

Perjury:
The willful utterance of a false statement under oath. 



Department of Education's
November 22, 2015 Ruling & Rationale
of Education Law 3020a Pedagogy Charges
Filed on September 08, 2014
Against Tenure Science & Mathematics
Middle School Dual Language Educator
Mr. Luis Angel Perez



- Approximately 441 days -

From the day the 3020a Charges were filed,
(September 08, 2014),

to the day the verdict was handed down,
(November 22, 2015).



Only seven (7) 3020a Hearing Dates:

Thursday, January 08, 2015

Tuesday, April 21, 2015
Tuesday, April 28, 2015
Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Thursday, May 07, 2015
Friday, May 15, 2015
Thursday, May 21, 2015



         Mr. Williams authored the verdict in the form of
an “OPINION AND AWARD” note.

Said note lists that out of 36 specifications/allegations
made against Educator Perez by DOE Officers,

15 of them, “have not been sustained”, &
21 of them, “have been sustained”. 



The First Three (3)



These first three observations were conducted
during the 2012-2013 school year.



Some facts about school year 2012-2013:

1. At the inception of this school year, (as well as toward
the end of the prior school year), Educator Perez was

threatened to be deliberately placed to teach a low grade that
he knows nothing about, warned that he will make mistakes,
threatened that he will get an unsatisfactory rating, and
threatened that his teaching license will be taken away.



Some facts about 2012-2013 school year:

2. After teaching Middle School Science and Mathematics
for over 6 years, in the 4th floor, Educator Perez was
maliciously reassigned to a different floor, (second floor),
to teach a grade that he never taught before, (first
grade), and reassigned to teach all content areas, which
included subjects that he never taught before, (such as
Social Studies, Reading, & Writing).



Some facts about school year 2012-2013 :

3. Friday, October 19, 2012,
Educator Perez was directed, by DOE Officer/Principal Pedraja,
to observe Educator KN teach her first grade class
for the last time this school year.

4. October 22, 2012, Educator Perez was directed to take
over Educator KN's class, by himself, for the
rest of the school year.



The First Three (3)



DOE Hearing/Arbitration Officer
Richard D. Williams' Ruling & Rationale

of a Formal & an Informal Observation, conducted on
November 19, 2012 & February 04, 2013, respectively, 
by DOE Officer/Principal Miriam Pedraja,

as a Mere Pretext to Suppress Corruption. 



Regarding Specification/Allegation 1(a),

"... Respondent failed to properly, adequately, and/or
effectively plan and/or execute separate lessons observed ...", 

Pertaining to a November 19, 2012
Formal Observation,

DOE Hearing/Arbitration Officer Williams writes –


 

Regarding Specification/Allegation 1(b),

"... Respondent failed to properly, adequately, and/or
effectively plan and/or execute separate lessons observed ...", 

Pertaining to a February 04, 2013
Informal Observation,

DOE Hearing/Arbitration Officer Williams writes –


 

Regarding Specifications/Allegations 1(a) & 1(b),

        Although DOE Hearing Officer/Arbitrator
Richard D. Williams
ruled that these Specifications/Allegations

were, “not sustained”, ...



...he writes,

“…due to the acknowledgement of receipt,
I will credit and consider
that on December 12, 2012, Respondent was aware
that concern was expressed by his administration about
his classroom management, classroom routines, lesson
planning, lesson execution and use of assessments.”



As you can see,
Mr. Williams writes the same thing
for the informal observation
of February 04, 2013.



   However, Hearing Officer/Arbitrator Williams
conveniently failed to
mention, credit or consider, on the record,
that on February 26, 2013,
several DOE and United Federation of Teachers, (UFT),
Officers were aware, via an email titled, 
Rebuttal to your “Formal Observations” and your
pretext “Plan of Action”, ...



... that, concern was expressed by their Educator about,

1. DOE administration threatening to give him
an unsatisfactory rating for the 2012-2013 school year
even prior to the start of this particular school year,

2. that the Action Plan created by administration
was intentionally filled with
unfair and impractical demands, ...



... and

3. that the contents of the observation reports
were completely baseless, deceitful, reckless,
irresponsible, unprofessional, and a clear
manifestation of abuse of power.



Assess for yourself.

Discuss & critique with the people around you
&/or
write a reflection in your personal journal. 







DOE Hearing/Arbitration Officer
Richard D. Williams' Ruling & Rationale

 of a Formal Observation, conducted on May 03, 2013, 
by DOE Officer/Principal Zoraida Hernandez,

as a Mere Pretext to Suppress Corruption. 



Regarding Specification/Allegation 1(c),

"... Respondent failed to properly, adequately, and/or
effectively plan and/or execute separate lessons observed ...", 

Pertaining to a May 03, 2013
Formal Observation,

DOE Hearing/Arbitration Officer Richard D. Williams ruled
that, "... Specification 1(c) is sustained.", and writes –





This here contradicts
what actually happened

&

contradicts the actual document
submitted into evidence by DOE Officers.



 


For Example -

1. The allegation that, "Respondent refused to sign
for the document on June 17, 2013, ...",

directly contradicts the evidence
submitted & examined by DOE Officers.

Signature is clearly evident
directly below Educator's Comment.



2. The three (3) periods after the opening
quotation mark, also known as an ellipsis,
implies that Mr. Williams left out some of
the original writer's words in the
material that he is quoting here.

 However, the evidence also
proves this to be false. 



Assess for yourself.

Discuss & critique with the people around you

&/or

write a reflection in your personal journal. 


 

Mr. Williams continued to write –


 

1. Where is the evidence for this alleged
"implication" & "assertion"? 



2. The implications and assertions that are actually
neglected & rejected here by Mr. Williams &
other DOE Officers
are the ones pertaining to the formal compaints,
filed by Educator Perez 
of abuse of power,  bullying, and harrassment,
suffered in the hands of DOE Officers,
 which has a profound negative impact
on Students, Parents, & Educators.



Mr. Williams continued to write –

 


 

Evidence on the record where evaluator unreasonably
denied Educator Perez a more specific date
of observation  can be found on the
pages & sections below:

237: 13-23,  238: 7-11, 238: 23-25 & 239: 2-7.



The School's Practice of Informing Educators of Which
Specific Class Will Be Observed:

        DOE Officer/Principal Hernandez testified that
it was the practice at Amistad that the administrator
would inform the teacher of which class the
administrator was going to specifically observe,
in a formal observation,

(237: 13-23).



        DOE Officer/Principal Hernandez testified that it
was her practice to specifically tell the Educator what
class she would be coming in to formally observe,

(238: 7-11).



        Yet, she testified that for this observation she
did not provide Educator Perez with a specific day
and a specific time to be observed,

(238: 23-25 & 239: 2-7).



This is a clear cut example of disparate treatment.

DOE Officer/Principal Hernandez admittedly deviated
from the normal practice at the Amistad school
as well as her own normal practice
when dealing specifically with Educator Perez.



Assess for yourself.

Discuss & critique with the people around you
&/or
write a reflection in your personal journal. 


 

 

 

  
 

 


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 



 Additional Fact Findings


Testimony of Attendance of Action Plan Meeting:

        Notice that -
DOE Officer/Principal Hernandez testified that she was
present at the meeting when
DOE Officer/Principal Pedraja handed
Educator Perez the action plan, (230: 2-5). 
& 
she testified that the only ones present at this meeting were
Officer/Principal Pedraja, Educator Perez, & herself, (230: 6-10). 



Actually, administrative secretary, Sherry Lucas,
was also present.

More importantly, according to the UFT
District Representative, Mayra Cruz,
DOE Officers did not follow proper protocol when
meeting and giving Educator Perez
the action plan in the absence of UFT representation.



This is, yet, another example of

disparate treatment by DOE Officers when

dealing specifically with Educator Perez.



Rationale Behind Having to Observe
Specifically Selected Educators: 

       Notice that DOE Officer/Principal Hernandez testified that
she was assigned some responsibilities by
Officer/Principal Pedraja, concerning this action plan;
such as assigning Educator Perez, (assigned to teach 1st grade),
to do inter-classroom observations of
specific 3rd & 4th grade Educators,
(230: 11- 20).



Yet,

Officer/Principal Hernandez testified that

she has no idea why
Officer/Principal Pedraja

was specific about these particular Educators,

(236: 4-10).      



Actually, these specific 3rd & 4th grade Educators are
known to have close ties with the DOE Officers.

On November 08, 2012, eleven (11) days prior
to Officer/Principal Pedraja’s
formal observation of November 19, 2012,
one of these specifically chosen Educators
maliciously sent an untruthful email to
administration titled, Hallway Etiquette, making bogus
allegations against Educator Perez.



  The following is the complaint made by one of
these specifically chosen Educators

&

Educator Perez’ response
to the Amistad Community about said complaint,

prior to him knowing who was the accuser.


 







Does Mr. Crown Speak Spanish or Not Testimony:

       Mr. Crown accompanied DOE Officer/Principal during the
observation of this Spanish lesson. 
Officer/Principal Hernandez was not truthful about whether or
not she knew if Mr. Crown speaks Spanish.

At first Officer/Principal Hernandez firmly testified, “No, he does
not.”, but then recants to, “Well, I - - let me rephrase. I am not
sure that he does.”, (241: 10-23).



Actually, she knows that he does not speak Spanish
because, during the post observation meeting, I
specifically asked Mr. Crown if he speaks or understands
Spanish. Mr. Crown looked at her and responded, “No”.

I asked Mr. Crown this question in an attempt to get his
feedback right after Officer/Principal Hernandez
asserted that I did not ask students any questions.



"Yoga Interruption"
He Should Have Known v. He Did Not Know Testimony: 

        DOE Officer/Principal Hernandez testified that this
mathematics lesson was interrupted by a yoga class and that

 Educator Perez should have known that she was coming to
observe him and thus ask the yoga instructor to come at a
different time, (245: 19-25 & 246: 2-3).



Yet,

DOE Officer/Principal Hernandez testified that

   Educator Perez was not aware of the time

that she would have been coming in,

(245: 4-7).



Despite incessant reporting to higher DOE & UFT
Officers of the malicious intent & inconsistencies
which saturate these three (3) observations,

DOE Officer/Principal Perdraja was allowed to give
Educator Perez an unsatisfactory rating
at the end of school year 2012-2013.



From the day DOE Officer/Principal Miriam Pedraja handed
Educator Perez the forewarned unsatisfactory rating,
(Wednesday, June 26, 2013),

to the day the unsatisfactory rating appeal hearing was held,
before Chancellor’s Committee Chairperson, Ms. Toby Ratz &
UFT Advisor, Albert Sarasohn, (October 21, 2013):

Approximately 117 days lapsed.  



Despite numerous inquiries made by Educator Perez to
DOE, UFT, & NYSUT Officers,
regarding the deliverance of a verdict;

from the day the unsatisfactory rating appeal hearing was held,
(October 21, 2013),

to the day that the verdict to this hearing was provided to
Educator Perez, (November 24, 2014),

Approximately 400 days lapsed.



Total time lapsed:

517 days



After Educator Perez learned of the verdict,
he rightfully and repeatedly requested for UFT Officials to
appeal this decision on the grounds of foul play.

He was informed by UFT District Representative, Mayra Cruz,
that the paper work for this hearing-appeal was already
submitted and that it should be scheduled soon.

DOE Officials failed to schedule such appeal hearing. 



DOE & UFT Officials repeatedly & deliberately failed to
ensure justice in our Public Schools;

for our Dual Language, (Spanish/English),
Educators, Children, Families, and Communities.



DOE Officers/Principals needed to create two (2) Unsatisfactory
Observation Reports in order to
justify creating and delegating an Action Plan.

DOE Officials needed to create one (1) Impractical Action Plan
and two (2) Unsatisfactory Observation Reports
Saturated with Deception in order to
justify an End-Of-The-Year Unsatisfactory Rating.

What the Observation Reports and the Action Plan actually
contained was never an issue because no one in the DOE
is reading them or no one will admit to have read them.



        To learn more about the abuse of power in our schools,
that effectively sets everyone up to fail, please visit my blogs
listed below. Best always!

Sincerely, Luis Angel Perez,

Middle School Science & Mathematics,
First Grade, Fourth Grade Educator & Advocate

http://writing4light.blogspot.com/


Love to Learn

Sunday, September 27, 2015

Our Future Minds




“Children learn what they live.”
                                                                                                          
                                                          - Dr. Phil (Phillip Calvin McGraw)



Thursday, September 24, 2015

Accountability in the DOE/BOE



“We’ve designed an accountability system that holds those with the most power the least accountable. The governors are not accountable, the state legislature is not accountable… You can’t hold kids and teachers accountable and not hold the people who control in the first place.”  

                                           - Pedro Noguera, Professor of Education, NYU
                                              Co-author, “Excellence Through Equity”
                                              Third Rail, August 02, 2015








Monday, August 31, 2015

Grade "Fixing" of Educator's Ratings




School Administrators Also Fraudulently & Illegally “Fix”
Grades Given to Educators
In Order to Sabotage Careers & Manipulate Others into Toxic Conformity

By Luis Angel Perez


        The front page of a newspaper is conventionally reserved for stories that manage to convince professional press executives of their inherent high-level of importance to the public and their viability to attract the attention of as many people as possible. One theme occupying an entire front page of a newspaper speaks volumes about a press company’s level of commitment to that particular story. Tuesday, August 04, 2015, the New York Post, used their entire front page to visually scream out to the public what they have subtitled, “The official scandal in our schools” – referring to the fraudulent and illegal practice of “Grade Fixing”.


        In the past, “Grade Fixing” was essentially fueled by competition for school budgetary incentives, personal administrative bonuses, and in order to portray a public image of “effective leadership”.

        Unfortunately, today, the fuel is of a more vicious accelerant, igniting an even greater urgency to commit such infraction, rapidly engulfing our moral compass, and before you know it, disintegrating our principles into sheer ash, as we are pushed by, powerful people, into toxic conformity.


High Ranking Officers in the Department of Education
Support the Fraudulent & Illegal Actions of “Grade-Fixing


        This past school year, (2014-2015), a colleague was unfairly treated, harassed, and at the end of the school year, shortly before becoming tenure, terminated from her employment because she disagreed with, among other things, the Principals’ fraudulent and illegal actions of “fixing” student grades. District six (6) Superintendent, Manuel Ramirez, United Federation of Teachers (UFT) District Representative, Mayra Cruz, and the Office of Special Investigations, were all informed of this serious violation but the people who violated the law here were not, and most likely will not be, held accountable because such fraudulent and illegal actions are condoned and covered-up by higher leaders in the Department of Education.   


Grade-Fixing” to Sabotage Careers &
Manipulate Others into Toxic Conformity


        Unfortunately, fixing student grades is not the only fraudulent and illegal behavior conducted by leaders of our schools. Department of Education Administrators Also Fraudulently & Illegally “Fix” Grades Given to Educators In Order to Sabotage Careers & Manipulate Others into Toxic Conformity.

        Educators that slack-off but assist administrators in their immoral and unethical campaigns, typically receive inflated scores while conscientious educators that advocate for safety, fairness, and improvements for schools unfairly receive poor scores.

        This type of fraudulent and unlawful behavior of grade “fixing” is also condoned by higher administrators, (District Superintendents, Chancellor’s Office Officials, Public Officials, Union Officers), as evident by their record of negligence toward fairly investigating, properly addressing, and fairly holding subordinates accountable for abuse of power and legal infractions. Instead, higher administrators elect to engage in the incessant concealment of such unethical practices.



The Legal Department’s Role
in Rampant abuse of Power & Ethical Misconduct

Lying Under Oath & Obstruction of Justice


        The fraudulent and unlawful behavior of grade “fixing” and abuse of power is further strengthened by the intimidation and support provided by the Legal Department of the Department of Education. 


The Three (3) Subcomponent Rating System Explained

        During the school year of 2013-2014, I was responsible to teach a great group of 4th graders. At the end of this school year, I was evaluated based on the sum of three (3) subcomponent scores:

1- State Measures and 2- Local Measures, (both of which consist of
    the Measure of Student Learning, (MOSL), at State and Local Levels).

         Essentially, these are ratings provided based on how students, under my direct
         care, performed on all of the New York State Science Examinations, New York
         State Mathematics Examinations, and the English Language Arts Examinations,
         for that particular school year.
                                                                    - & -

3- the Measure of Teacher Practice (MOTP), (a score made of points that come
    directly from the Principal’s and Assistant Principal’s observations).


Ratings Received in Each of the Three (3) Subcomponents

        It is prudent to mention here that the school year of 2013-2014 was the infamous school year when all of the New York State Standards were abruptly and unfairly raised and when this new teacher evaluation system was initially rolled out. 

        At the end of the 2013-2014 school year, I received the following ratings from the three (3) different subcomponents:

        1. From the State Measures, I received an EFFECTIVE rating.

        2. From the Local Measures, I received an EFFECTIVE rating.

                  * Both of which compose the Measure of Student Learning, (MOSL).

        3. From the Measure of Teacher Practice (MOTP), I received
            an INEFFECTIVE rating.


More Evidence of Persecution by School Officials

        It is important to note here that the Measure of Teacher Practice (MOTP), a score made of points that come directly from the Principal’s and Assistant Principal’s observation, is the only subcomponent of this entire rating system which allows school administrators, (in my case, Assistant Principal Olga Ramos and Principal Zoraida Hernandez), access to freely log into the system to “fix” the Measure of Teacher Practice (observations) scores in order to manipulate an educator’s overall annual rating.

        All six (6) evaluations conducted here, by the Assistant Principal and Principal, were fraudulently and illegally “fixed”. All six (6) evaluations were saturated and manipulated with untruths and much bias in order to “fix” and thus attain an overall rating of “ineffective”, which is exactly what administration needed as a prerequisite to filing 3020a charges against me.


Lying Under Oath & Obstruction of Justice by Legal Counsels
Representing the Department of Education & the Chancellors’ Office

        The utter disregard to the rule of law and human rights within the Department of Education was greatly pronounced during a 3020a hearing held in April 2015, when Principal Zoraida Hernandez and Department of Education Legal Counsel, Shareema Abel, both knowingly lied under oath and on the record about my Measure of Student Learning (MOSL) scores. 

        The following are the initial questions (Q.) that Principal Zoraida Hernandez was asked, under oath and on the record, and answers (A.) which she provided, during a 3020a hearing cross-examination, concerning my MOSL scores.

        It is important to note here that Principal Hernandez’ respiration rate notably increased, her face became increasingly flushed-red, and she became especially fidgety when the topic of my MOSL scores came up.

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Q. “Do you recall what Mr. Perez’s MOSL score was for the 2013-2014 school year?”

A. “I didn’t get it because I didn’t have access. He wasn’t in the system when those scores came out.”

Q. “Okay. So you never saw it.”

A. “No.”

        Seconds after, legal counsel representing the Department of Education, Shareema Abel, requested to go off-the-record for a moment which then transformed into an entire lunch break. When we returned from the lunch break, Department of Education Legal Counsel vehemently argued -

(1) her client, (Principal Hernandez), should not be questioned about the document which contained my MOSL scores,

(2) nine (9) times that - the principal had never seen it, had no access to it, and or received it.

(3) she, (herself), never saw that document before.


        It is important to mention here that despite requests for the production of my MOSL scores during discovery, (discovery: the pre-hearing procedure where each party can obtain evidence from the other party), Department of Education Legal Counsel, Abel Shareema, still, even at this very late period of the hearing, had not provide the scores into evidence and still vigorously resisted to provide said information into evidence, despite asserting that, “me being the department of education issue these” and after the arbitrator/judge ordered her to produce it as soon as possible. Eventually, she reluctantly provided this information into evidence.

        It is also important to note here that Department of Education Co-Legal Counsel, Jade Fuller also vigorously shielded assistant Principal Olga Ramos from testifying about her understanding of the scores that make up a teacher’s evaluation; the Measure of Teacher Practice (MOTP), and the Measure of Student Learning (MOSL).

        The very foundation of the Department of Education’s testimony, that they never have seen or received my MOSL Scores for the school year of 2013-2014, collapses upon itself when they attempt to justify the reason why they have not seen or received my MOSL Scores.  

         When the legal counsel representing me attempted to submit into evidence my MOSL Scores, Department of Education Legal Counsel, Shareema Abel, testified that that was the first time that she had seen the document and further argued that “…the school did not receive it, because once a teacher is removed out of a school, they don’t have access to this.” Department of Education Legal Counsel also testified that the principal never seen it nor receive it, “…because the Respondent was charged before this was provided to her or she had access to it… (“her” being the Principal and “Respondent” being me). Department of Education Legal Counsel further testified that she and the Principal of the school never saw my MOSL Scores because this document was issued after I was charged and consequently taken out of the system.

        The problem with this argument is that, as evident by the documents below, I was actually charged after the MOSL Scores were issued by the Department of Education and after the MOSL Scores were received by school administrators. I was charged with the 3020a on Monday, September 8, 2014, at the end of the school day, (days after setting up the classroom for the school year and days after interacting with the students assigned to my care).

        The MOSL scores were issued by the Department of Education prior to September 08, 2014. The MOSL Scores were actually issued on Tuesday, September 02, 2014; seven (7) days prior to me being charged with the 3020a and thus while I was still in the system. This is clear-cut evidence of fraudulent, unethical, and immoral behavior. This is blatant obstruction of justice.

        Additionally, school administrators had forgotten or conveniently ignored the fact that they had actually placed a hard copy of my MOSL Scores inside my assigned mailbox in the main office of the school. School administrators had also forgotten or conveniently ignored the fact that I then provided this information to United Federation of Teachers (UFT) Union Officials, whom made copies, electronically scanned, and electronically forwarded said document, along with many other documents, directly to the Department of Education in order to prepare for the 3020a charges which I was formally appealing.    


Why are government officials,
that are entrusted with the safety and education of children and
 entrusted with being role models to professionals and the public,
 allowed to repeatedly violate the law and human rights?


        We cannot hope to create effective plan of corrections as long as we continue to ignore one of the most instrumental factors to the suppression of effective teaching and learning; abuse of power by our “leaders”.


Please help Educators facilitate high standards.
Thank you immensely for your time and energy. Best wishes to all, always.


Sincerely,

Luis Angel Perez,

Middle School Science & Mathematics,
First Grade, Fourth Grade Educator & Advocate



 

The Shackles to Inaction




Bystander Intervention
The Shackles to Inaction

Passivity, Especially by Our Leaders, Is a Monumental Social Influence
That Dangerously Confuses & Thus
Inhibits Others from Responding Appropriately  

By Luis Angel Perez

        Is the passivity demonstrated here by leaders of our country indicative of a social phenomenon Social Psychologist have coined pluralistic ignorance; where people with a grand opportunity to help in an emergency situation are inhibited from intervening by the mere assumption that the crisis must not be so critical because other people (leaders) that are also aware of the crisis have not yet intervened?

        Perhaps, the passivity demonstrated here is indicative of another social phenomenon Social Psychologists have coined diffusion of responsibility; where people (leaders) are inhibited from intervening in an emergency situation by the mere assumption that the crisis will surely be properly handled by other authority figures that were also notified?

        Whatever form of shallow processing one prefers to hide behind, the apparent passivity demonstrated here is a monumental social influence that dangerously confuses and thus inhibits others from responding appropriately. Such passivity is directly responsible for fueling toxic conformity which forces “good” people to become accomplices to social crimes committed in the workplace and for fueling supremacy in abuse of power and disregard to the rule of law.

Are these the lessons we want to teach our children?
Are these the lessons we want to teach our fellow humans?




The following depicts only some of the notifications made to some Public Officials


        Monday, February 24, 2014, as a Public School Educator, I notified both Mayor Bill de Blasio and School Chancellor Carmen Fariña about the urgency of openly and candidly addressing the rampant abuse of power in our schools and pleaded for them to help me improve our schools by openly discussing this highly toxic condition and merely creating transparent and full-proof plans of correction.

        Monday, February 24, 2014, I received an automatic generic acknowledgment reply from the City of New York, (reply@customerservice.nyc.gov). This automatic reply thanked me for contacting the City of New York, informed me that my message has been forwarded to the appropriate agency for review and handling, provided me with the following service request number # 1-1-942038668, and requested that I do not reply to their message.     

        Unfortunately, despite also providing a link to my blog with more information about the rampant abuse of power and legal infractions in our schools and practical solutions, (http://writing4light.blogspot.com/), here, Mayor Bill de Blasio, School Chancellor Carmen Fariña, or any other Government Official charged with, in good faith, (a) ensuring the safety and best interest of children, (b) modeling ethical and moral conduct, and (c) upholding human and constitutional laws, never responded to my complaints or pleas, regardless of my First Amendment Constitutional Right to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.  



        Sunday, September 14, 2014, as a Public School Educator, I wrote and emailed a detailed letter to the Honorable President Barack Obama and the First Family (http://www.whitehouse.gov/contact) regarding the toxic immoral and unethical business practices in our school system, which directly contribute to a hostile work environment and poor mental health. I titled this letter, Please Help Us Create a Better Tomorrow By Merely Enforcing Oversight and Accountability Toward What Administrators Are Getting Away With Within Our Children’s New York Public Schools.

        Immediately, I received an automatic generic reply from The Office of Presidential Correspondence which thanked me for contacting the White House, mentioned that the President is committed to creating the most open and accessible Administration in history which begins with taking comments and questions through their website, and mentioned that they receive thousands of messages from Americans each day and that they do their best to reply to as many as they can.

        Unfortunately, despite also providing a link to my blog with more information about the rampant abuse of power and legal infractions in our schools and practical solutions, (http://writing4light.blogspot.com/), here, not a single actual Government Official charged with, in good faith, (a) ensuring the safety and best interest of children, (b) modeling ethical and moral conduct, and (c) upholding human and constitutional laws, ever responded to my complaints or pleas, regardless of my First Amendment Constitutional Right to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.



        Tuesday, September 16, 2014, as a Public School Educator, I wrote a detailed letter to the Honorable President Obama and the First Family. I sent this letter through the United States Postal Service and paid $21.25 for Priority Mail Express 1-Day. According to the United States Postal Service (USPS) Tracking System, the letter was not delivered to Washington, DC until September 22, 2014 (five days late).

        Unfortunately, despite also providing a link to my blog with more information about the rampant abuse of power and legal infractions in our schools and practical solutions, (http://writing4light.blogspot.com/), here, no actual Government Official charged with, in good faith, (a) ensuring the safety and best interest of children, (b) modeling ethical and moral conduct, and (c) upholding human and constitutional laws, ever responded to my complaints or pleas, regardless my First Amendment Constitutional Right to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.



        Friday, September 19, 2014, I received an automatic reply from White House Secretary of the Department of Education, Arne Duncan, (info@mail.whitehouse.gov). The subject of the reply was “Meet Brittany”. It was a generic tale of a lady from West Georgia Technical College whom Mr. Duncan met during his Department of Education annual back-to-school bus tour and whom he found to be inspiring. This story had nothing to do with my reason for contacting the White House, any of my complaints, or any of my pleas. At the end of the letter White House Secretary of the Department of Education, Arne Duncan closes by writing, “Thanks for sharing”.

        Unfortunately, despite also providing a link to my blog with more information about the rampant abuse of power and legal infractions in our schools and practical solutions, (http://writing4light.blogspot.com/), here, not a single actual Government Official charged with, in good faith, (a) ensuring the safety and best interest of children, (b) modeling ethical and moral conduct, and (c) upholding human and constitutional laws, ever responded to my complaints or pleas, regardless of my First Amendment Constitutional Right to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.



         Saturday, December 27, 2014, as a Public School Educator, I wrote and posted on Mayor Bill de Blasio’s facebook page a letter of support for the difficult time he must have been experiencing while facing the toxic tensions brewing and crimes committed between Police Officers and the Public and how difficult it must have been to experience a great amount of Police Officers, from the New York City Police Department, literally turn their backs toward him, as the Mayor of New York City, as he attended funeral services in respect to the brave beautiful souls whom, unfortunately, have gotten caught in the cross-fire of a Seriously Volatile Public Crisis which only seems to exist many miles away from our policy and law makers, whom for so long have neglected to effectively address.  

        In this letter I discussed the toxic abuse of power that is overtly rampant within our Public Schools and perpetuated by Officers of the Department of Education (aka Board of Education).
  
        Unfortunately, despite also providing a link to my blog with more information about the rampant abuse of power and legal infractions in our schools and practical solutions, (http://writing4light.blogspot.com/), here, no actual Government Official charged with, in good faith, (a) ensuring the safety and best interest of children, (b) modeling ethical and moral conduct, and (c) upholding human and constitutional laws, ever responded to my complaints or pleas, regardless of my First Amendment Constitutional Right to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.

  

        Monday, February 02, 2015, as a Public School Educator, I wrote and emailed a letter expressing my concerns to School Chancellor Carmen Fariña, NYCChancellor@schools.nyc.gov.

        Unfortunately, despite also providing a link to my blog with more information about the rampant abuse of power and legal infractions in our schools and practical solutions, (http://writing4light.blogspot.com/), here, not a single actual Government Official charged with, in good faith, (a) ensuring the safety and best interest of children, (b) modeling ethical and moral conduct, and (c) upholding human and constitutional laws, ever responded to my complaints or pleas, regardless of my First Amendment Constitutional Right to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.



        Monday, February 02, 2015, as a Public School Educator, I, again, attempted to contact Mayor Bill de Blasio. I received an automatic generic reply from the City of New York (reply@customerservice.nyc.gov). This automatic reply thanked me for contacting the City of New York, informed me that my message has been forwarded to the appropriate agency for review and handling, provided me with another service request number (# 1-1-1062818665), and requested that I do not reply to their message.    

        Unfortunately, despite also providing a link to my blog with more information about the rampant abuse of power and legal infractions in our schools and practical solutions, (http://writing4light.blogspot.com/), here, no actual Government Official charged with, in good faith, (a) ensuring the safety and best interest of children, (b) modeling ethical and moral conduct, and (c) upholding human and constitutional laws, ever responded to my complaints or pleas, regardless of my First Amendment Constitutional Right to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.



        Friday, February 13, 2015, as a Public School Educator, I wrote and emailed a letter to Chancellor Carmen Fariña, NYCChancellor@schools.nyc.gov District Six (6) Superintendent Manuel Ramirez, United Federation of Teachers (UFT) District Representative Mayra Cruz, and UFT Borough Representative Evelyn de Jesus, regarding the incessant abuse of power in our schools. This letter was titled, For The Sake of the Children.

        Unfortunately, despite also providing a link to my blog with more information about the rampant abuse of power and legal infractions in our schools and practical solutions, (http://writing4light.blogspot.com/), here, not a single actual Government Official charged with, in good faith, (a) ensuring the safety and best interest of children, (b) modeling ethical and moral conduct, and (c) upholding human and constitutional laws, ever genuinely responded to my complaints or pleas, regardless of my First Amendment Constitutional Right to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.



        Saturday, February 14, 2015, as a Public School Educator, I wrote and emailed a letter to Chancellor Carmen Fariña, District Six (6) Superintendent Manuel Ramirez, United Federation of Teachers (UFT) District Representative Mayra Cruz, and UFT Borough Representative Evelyn de Jesus, regarding the incessant abuse of power in our schools. This letter was titled, For The Sake of the Children of The Amistad Dual Language School.

        Unfortunately, despite also providing a link to my blog with more information about the rampant abuse of power and legal infractions in our schools and practical solutions, (http://writing4light.blogspot.com/), here, no actual Government Official charged with, in good faith, (a) ensuring the safety and best interest of children, (b) modeling ethical and moral conduct, and (c) upholding human and constitutional laws, ever responded to my complaints or pleas, regardless of my First Amendment Constitutional Right to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.



        Sunday, February 15, 2015, as a Public School Educator, I sent a letter via email to New York State Senator Adriano Espaillat titled, Abuse: Connecting The Dots of Leadership. I received an automatic generic reply from him (espailla@nysenate.gov) thanking me for taking the time to email him and mentioned that my comments and suggestions are important to him and an important part of the legislative process.

        Unfortunately, despite also providing a link to my blog with more information about the rampant abuse of power and legal infractions in our schools and practical solutions, (http://writing4light.blogspot.com/), here, not a single actual Government Official charged with, in good faith, (a) ensuring the safety and best interest of children, (b) modeling ethical and moral conduct, and (c) upholding human and constitutional laws, ever genuinely responded to my complaints or pleas, regardless of my First Amendment Constitutional Right to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.



        Sunday, February 15, 2015, as a Public School Educator, I sent a letter via email to Assemblyman Guillermo Linares titled, Abuse: Connecting The Dots of Leadership.

        Unfortunately, despite also providing a link to my blog with more information about the rampant abuse of power and legal infractions in our schools and practical solutions, (http://writing4light.blogspot.com/), here, no actual Government Official charged with, in good faith, (a) ensuring the safety and best interest of children, (b) modeling ethical and moral conduct, and (c) upholding human and constitutional laws, ever responded to my complaints or pleas, regardless of my First Amendment Constitutional Right to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.



        Sunday, February 15, 2015, as a Public School Educator, I sent a letter via email to Governor Andrew M. Cuomo titled, Connecting The Dots of Leadership. I received an automatic generic reply from the Governor, (Governor.Cuomo@exec.ny.gov), thanking me for reaching out to him, claiming that my input is invaluable to their mission to create a government that works for its people, and assuring me that my email will be read and shared with the appropriate members of his staff.

        Unfortunately, despite also providing a link to my blog with more information about the rampant abuse of power and legal infractions in our schools and practical solutions, (http://writing4light.blogspot.com/), here, not a single actual Government Official charged with, in good faith, (a) ensuring the safety and best interest of children, (b) modeling ethical and moral conduct, and (c) upholding human and constitutional laws, ever genuinely responded to my complaints or pleas, regardless of my First Amendment Constitutional Right to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.



        Saturday, February 28, 2015, as a Public School Educator, I wrote and emailed to every single member of the Department of Education Panel for Educational Policy (PEP) a letter titled, Rampant Abuse of Power in Our Public Schools. I emailed this letter to the following PEP members of the panel (or Pseudo-Board of Education Board Members):

1. Chancellor Carmen Fariña- NYCChancellor@schools.nyc.gov
2. Brooklyn Representative Fred Baptiste- fbaptiste@schools.nyc.gov
3. Contracts Committee Member T. Elzora Cleveland- ecleveland@schools.nyc.gov
4. Contracts Committee Member Deborah Dillingham- ddillingham@schools.nyc.gov
5. Panel Member Norm Fruchter- nfruchter@schools.nyc.gov
6. Panel for Educational Policy Chair Vanessa Leung- vleung@schools.nyc.gov
7. Staten Island Representative Kamillah Payne-Hanks- kpaynehanks@schools.nyc.gov
8. Panel Member Lori Podvesker- lpodvesker@schools.nyc.gov
9. Contracts Committee Chair Robert Powell- rpowell@schools.nyc.gov
10. Contracts Committee Member Isaac Carmignani- icarmignani@schools.nyc.gov
11. Contracts Committee Member Roberto Soto-Carrion- rsotocarrion@schools.nyc.gov
12. Manhattan Representative Laura Zingmond- lzingmond@schools.nyc.gov
13. Panel Member D. Miguelina Zorilla-Aristy- mzorillaaristy@schools.nyc.gov


        Unfortunately, despite also providing them all with a link to my blog with more information about the rampant abuse of power and legal infractions in our schools and practical solutions, (http://writing4light.blogspot.com/), here, no actual Government Official charged with, in good faith, (a) ensuring the safety and best interest of children, (b) modeling ethical and moral conduct, and (c) upholding human and constitutional laws, ever responded to my complaints or pleas, regardless of my First Amendment Constitutional Right to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.



         Tuesday, March 03, 2015 I made a follow-up call (212-264-0300) to the United States of America National Labor Relations Board Regional Director Karen P. Fernbach (http://www.nlrb.gov/what-we-do/investigate-charges ) regarding a letter I sent her with my concerns.

        Unfortunately, despite also providing a link to my blog with more information about the rampant abuse of power and legal infractions in our schools and practical solutions, (http://writing4light.blogspot.com/), here, not a single actual Government Official charged with, in good faith, (a) ensuring the safety and best interest of children, (b) modeling ethical and moral conduct, and (c) upholding human and constitutional laws, ever directly responded to my complaints or pleas, regardless of my First Amendment Constitutional Right to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.

        Instead, an attorney by the name of Tom stopped me short, over the phone, and reported that their organization has no jurisdiction over any public companies. They only have jurisdiction over the private sector.



        Thursday, March 05, 2015, I wrote and emailed a letter with my concerns to the Executive Director of the New York Civil Liberties Union (NYCLU) Donna Lieberman. Executive Director Lieberman responded by informing me that they have a television show titled Project Liberty (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DXR51vZCfVY) where they document how New York City students actually feel in our schools - like they are in prison, afraid and alone. I was also informed that since 2010 the NYCLU has been challenging illegal arrests and excessive force in our schools.

         On behalf of many parents, children, and educators, I wish to deliver an immense THANK YOU to Donna Lieberman and everyone in the New York Civil Liberties Union (NYCLU), for facilitating the exposure and much needed public scrutiny of this significant portion of  the rampant abuse of power and related legal infractions that exists in our public schools, for enforcing the safety and best interest of our children, for being public role models of ethical and moral conduct, for upholding human and constitutional laws, and for your efforts in inspiring the public to believe that there is a light at the end of the tunnel and it is not necessarily an in-coming train.  


Please help Educators facilitate high standards.
Thank you immensely for your time and energy. Best wishes to all, always.



Sincerely,

Luis Angel Perez,

Middle School Science & Mathematics,
First Grade, Fourth Grade Educator & Advocate