Tuesday, February 2, 2010

Interesting Statistics About 3020-a Cases

Source: www.teacherabuse.com

Frequency of 3020-a Charges
1995 -2005 statewide
Charges Count % of Total
Incompetence 176 30%
Improper Student Contact 128 22%
Corporal Punishment 59 10%
Insubordination 47 8%
Off Campus Misconduct 42 7%
Student Safety 21 4%
Cheating 21 4%
Lack of Certification 9 2%

Source : New York State School Boards Association


3020-a Decisions statewide
Year (1995-2005) 95 96 97 98 99 00 01 02 03 04 05 Total
Terminate 8 8 10 8 10 15 13 22 34 22 20 170
Unpaid Suspension 9 5 16 11 14 19 24 21 28 32 34 213
Fine 2 3 5 5 5 4 5 5 11 11 17 73
Reprimand 0 1 3 1 0 5 7 3 2 3 3 28
Acquit 3 4 8 3 5 11 17 16 10 4 4 85
Other 0 0 0 1 0 0 4 0 1 3 2 11
Total 22 21 42 29 34 54 70 67 86 75 80 580

In 2001, 13 teachers were terminated, 24 suspended without pay,
5 were fined, 7 reprimanded : less than 50 in total were punished for various misconducts for the whole state. Since the DOE and the UFT refuse to release NYC's figures, we will estimate them. 226,000 teachers work in New York state, with approximately 80,000 in NYC, i.e. 35 % of the total. Compare 35% of 50 (less than 18) to the 4326 city teachers accused of corporal punishment,with 1514 cases "substantiated", in 2001, according to Daily News:

Although teachers are forbidden to use physical force to discipline students, a Daily News investigation found that such allegations against teachers are rising. st year, 4,326 city teachers were accused of corporal punishment - 200 more than the year before, Board of Education records show. Outpacing the rise in complaints was a 36% jump in the number of charges substantiated by principals or Board of Education investigators. A total of 1,514 cases were substantiated - meaning some evidence was found to support the charge - last year. That's 400 more than in 2000. ( Daily News January 29, 2002)

Let us convert this statement into a chart form:

Years 2000 2001
Number of cases 4126 4326
Number of "substantiated" cases 1114 1514


Statewide, 580 cases -- all categories, including corporal punishment-- went to the 3020-a proceeding. Where have the DOE's "substantiated cases" gone ? If they existed at all, they shoud have been prosecuted in 2001 and later. Now, statistics for 2000,2001, 2002,2003,2004,and 2005 do not reflect this "child abuse" epidemic : 54 + 70 + 67 + 86 + 75+ 80 = 432 cases -- all categories -- were prosecuted statewide over six years.
Even if we take into account the fact that the DOE has certainly terminated the majority because they were not tenured (which would exclude them from the above statistics) , the so-called "substantiated" numbers remain dubious, to say the least. There seemed to be the first salvos of disinformation concocted by the new chancellor in what would be a protracted war against teachers.(His tenure started in 2002 precisely.)
Once again, the number of 3020a cases for the whole decade 1995-2005 for the entire state is 580. On average, 35% of 580 or 203, were charged of misconduct in NYC over an entire decade, as opposed to the 800 currently imprisoned in the rubber rooms : teacher abuse under the Klein's administration is undisputable. The main reason of this obscenity is fiscal : DOE saves money by forcing senior teachers to resign or retire. Buying them out would be more honorable than falsely accusing them of misconduct, after they serve the institution for two or three decades.

The DOE's assault on tenured teachers is unabetted :



Years Number of Cases
March 2005 315
March 2006 500
March 2007 651
Sept. 2007 757

New York Post, 9/30/07

How many cases of sexual nature were recorded in the last decade ?
Please, read on.

Outcomes of 3020-a Cases Based on Improper Remarks, Physical Contact and Relationships of a Sexual Nature Involving Students
1995 -2004 statewide

Nature of Charge Acquitted Terminated Suspended Without Pay Fined Reprimanded Total
Sexual relation with a student 0 5 0 0 0 5
Improper contact of sexual nature 17 10 13 1 5 46
Attempt to establish improper
relationship with a student 1 5 4 1 0 11
Remark of sexual nature 10 3 14 5 1 33
Total 28 23 31 7 6 95

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