Poughkeepsie teacher: ‘new evidence’ for transfer grievance

The Poughkeepsie teacher who says he was transferred against his wishes and in violation of his contract is asking the superintendent to settle the matter — and says he has “new evidence” for his grievance.

Jay’Quan Floyd’s initial assignment for the 2018-19 school year was teaching special education at Poughkeepsie High School, according to a grievance he filed. Over the summer, he was transferred to Poughkeepsie Middle School, and later told his position was not needed at the high school.

But the school board in December voted to pay several teachers for extra assignments, covering the high school classes Floyd was supposed to teach.

While district taxpayers “pay other teachers extra to cover his former classes…Mr. Floyd babysits in an in-school suspension room” at the middle school, said Stanley Silverstone, Floyd’s attorney.

Interim Superintendent Kathleen Farrell declined comment on the grievance itself, but told the Poughkeepsie Journal the board’s decision came “well after the beginning of the current school year” and reflects the loss of a different high school special education teacher, along with an increase in special education enrollment.

Source: Poughkeepsie teacher: ‘new evidence’ for transfer grievance

Jimmy Kilpatrick, a national recognized professional special education advocate since 1994.

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