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Posted on December 20 at 10:05 a.m.
@frankielee - Based on my knowledge and experience with Ronzone, the charges are ludicrous--particularly if this is all they've got. I think racial discriminations charges are EXTREMELY SERIOUS. I just question the verity of the charge--which is I believe is why italiansurge used the words POTENTIALLY frivolous. No one is claiming discrimination charges are anything but serious. And yes, the Ronzone troll is up;
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Posted on December 20 at 9:55 a.m.
@NSeverin - That is exactly my point. We should ALL be offended by the term brown faces. The bummer is that not everyone is...
I don't see this as a racial turf issue either. Roosevelt has as racially and economically diverse a population as any school in town, and it's GREAT!
Posted on December 20 at 7:28 a.m.
The idea that Dr. Ronzone is racist or that she's running a block on Hopkin's transfer is ludicrous. Hopkins landed at Roosevelt 4 yrs ago in a massive layoff/reshuffle of district personnel. She was one of the tenured teachers who got to keep her job--yet not one of the teachers her original school site fought to keep. She didn't choose Roosevelt, and Ronzone didn't choose her. If she hasn't been able to transfer to another school, it's more likely because there's no room or none of the other sites want her.
Everyone in the District is required to submit proof of residency every year--originals of a recent utility bill and property tax statement/rental agreement. I've never been in conference, because I have the paperwork. I suspect if I did need to talk about it, I'd rather not do it in the middle of the front office where every parent checking in to volunteer gets to overhear my story. And I imagine if I weren't able to produce it, my story wouldn't be one I'd want overheard.
Every rowdy kid of every ethnicity has a story of how they feel they were discriminated against by some authority. So and so did it and didn't get in trouble. And not every parent is going to click with every principal. I'm certain there are Latino parents at Roosevelt who love Dr. Ronzone and feel like she has absolutely been the pivotal champion for their child. And I'm just as certain you can find a "white" parent who thinks she is the devil. Dr. Ronzone is the Principal of a school. She's in a leadership position. Raving fans and raving critics are part of the job description.
Class inspections are a principal's job. I'm not seeing any proof up there that Hopkins is being inspected any more than any other teacher on campus. And if she is, it's more likely because there are parent complaints or cause for concern.
Brown Faces - bad form if it's true, but not proof that someone is racist. We had a President with Mexican American family members who liked to use that term too. We're still working on racial, ethnic and gender sensitivity in this country...
The apartment building comment is ugly, if true, but I don't see any proof that that comment was made because the child was Hispanic. She could just as easily have said that about a white kid's IEP. Inappropriate even when neutered, but she has enough clout with me to give her the benefit of the doubt. Let he who is without sin cast the first stone on expressing oneself in inappropriate ways when frustrated. It's a comment out of context that was said behind closed doors after what was likely a long hard meeting with maybe one or two other professional colleagues in the room. Put yourself there.
Hopkins is not the only Latina/o teacher at Roosevelt. The two Latina teachers my kids have had are rockstars, and Ronzone hired both of them.
- A Roosevelt Parent and Former Educator
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