If you’re an incompetent, connected administrator in Worcester, you might lose your job, but they’ll always have a well-paying, do-nothing job waiting for you.
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If you are a newer teacher in the public schools and you have a class full of crazy kids, you can be fired without any sort of due process. But if you’re an administrator in the Worcester Public Schools you basically have a job for life. Because in Worcester (and basically every other bloated school system) teachers are held to a higher standard than administrators. Case in point, here is what happened at Goddard Elementary School, the megaschool in the heart of Main South:
“There has been a midyear change of principals at the Goddard School of Science & Technology, which Superintendent Maureen Binienda described as partly an effort to prevent the level 3 school from slipping to level 4. The school’s former principal, Yuisa Perez-Chionchio, about a month ago accepted a new position within the district helping to direct a parent education program that debuted at Worcester East Middle School this year, according to Ms. Binienda. Taking her place at Goddard is Norrback Avenue School Principal Karrie Allen.”
Alright, stop right there. Perez-Chionchio? We already know everything we need to know. Look, if you’re gonna go with the hyphenated last name route, then you at least have to have two names that mesh together. Hillary Rodham-Clinton works. It flows off the tongue.Debbie Wasserman-Schultz, even though her name itself couldn’t possibly sound more uptight SJW, at least it’s consistent. But Yuisa Perez-Chionchio? You can’t throw a last name that sounds like you’re about to fix my muffler after Yuisa Perez and think it’s gonna sound good. Just pick one or the other. Keep your maiden name or take his. Otherwise it just sounds ridiculous.
More importantly, why would someone leave their job as a principal to direct a “parent education program” at Worcester East Middle School? Not that there aren’t plenty of parents at WEMS who could use that class, but that’s a step down on the educational totem pole. You don’t do something like that unless you’re about to be axed. Turns out that Yuisa Perez-Chionchio wasn’t very good at her job:
Ms. Perez-Chionchio’s departure from school came around the same time as a vote of no confidence in her taken by the local teachers union, according to the Educational Association of Worcester’s president, Roger Nugent. But Ms. Binienda said the union’s action did not have anything to do with her decision to offer a new job to Goddard’s former principal.
First of all, do you realize how bad you have to be at your job for teacher’s to get together and vote no confidence in you? That almost never happens. More than anything it indicates a major disconnect between teachers and administration. Teachers don’t vote “no confidence” unless they’ve exhausted all other options and the principal has made it clear that her door is closed and she’s not interested in working with them. If you’re a teacher at Goddard and would like to anonymously let us know what went down there, we are all ears and would love to hear your stories. Feel free to email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Anyway, the real joke here is that she was just shipped off to another job in the system. And not even a real job. It’s a position that never existed before. Because that’s how administrators take care of each other. It’s simply unfathomable that an incompetent administrator should have to fend for themselves in the real world.
Meanwhile, if a teacher at Goddard was removed halfway through their second year on the job, there wouldn’t be a teaching job at another WPS waiting for them. Because in Worcester we hold people making $40,000 a year to a higher standard than we do people making $115,000 a year.
And that makes TONS of sense.
Does anyone honestly believe that someone in their mid 30’s named Yuisa Perez-Chionchio got a principal job in a heavily Latino neighborhood because they’re the most qualified for the job? Anyone? Nah, the fact of the matter is that she made the school district look good on paper for Melinda Boone. She was one of her last hires, and they got to check off a few diversity boxes on the way out, which in turn made her world famous charts look better.
And not surprisingly Yuisa Perez-Chionchio is a big fan of charts. In this video at the 2:20 mark she brags about that being her strength. Then around the 8:00 she starts bragging about what a great “visionary” Melinda Boone was.
It also didn’t hurt that her Dad is Worcester’s first Latino judge, his honor Luis Perez. Or as they call him down at the house of corrections – easy Louie. King of seventeenth chances.
Anyway, we’ve always been big supporters of Maureen Binienda, but not on this one. We know what she’s doing here. She’s trying not to rock the boat. She wanted to be superintendent because Melinda Boone was such a disaster, and all Maureen wanted to do was right the ship. And she’s done that. But she’s not trying to take the ship apart and build a new one. If you wanted to do that you’d never be hired in the first place.
But at the same time Binienda is kind of draining the swamp here. This was a Boone hire who is no longer principal. And the most important positions are the principals in these schools. She got rid of a bad one, and put one in place that’s gotten rave reviews from parents at Norback Elementary. Because principals are the ones who actually have a direct effect on kids. Sure, I’d like it if my tax dollars weren’t funding a made up position for a talentless hack. But at least the kids and the teachers get to be in a place where they’re respected.
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