State Backs Up Accusation by Harris Lirtzman, Bronx Teacher, on Special Education

Perhaps it pays to heed Harris Lirtzman.

A passionate fellow, this teacher warned his principal last fall that their Bronx public high school was routinely violating the rights of the most vulnerable children, those in need of special education.

For speaking up, Mr. Lirtzman — who served as a deputy New York State comptroller before turning at age 53 to public-school teaching — saw his career ground to dust. He was denied tenure, and the principal, Grismaldy Laboy-Wilson, asked him to leave immediately. When he took his worries to the investigative arm of New York City’s Education Department, the investigators opened a file on him instead.

I wrote of Mr. Lirtzman’s struggle in May. His vindication arrived in the mail in June.

via State Backs Up Accusation by Harris Lirtzman, Bronx Teacher, on Special Education – Gotham – NYTimes.com.

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

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