Tuesday, July 17, 2007

Green Dot Contract Highlight!

As you know, Green Dot and the UFT have recently announced plans of their partnership to open a school together. I've stayed out of this one simply because I'm still in catch-up mode; I need to do more reading about it before I form a public opinion.

I was looking through their 2003-2006 contract (PDF) made availible on the EdWize website a few weeks ago, and found this nugget:

Personal property, which is to be used within the classroom for instructional
purposes, must be registered in the school office and authorized by the administrator
in charge before being brought onto the campus. All such items must be insured by
the unit member. The Board will be responsible for damages or theft to said items up
to the amount of the insurance deductible.

It brings to mind the possible permutations that could happen. Picture it, at the beginning of the school year, Dr. Homeslice is now teaching in a Green Dot school. He is setting up his room, as the Principal walks by with Green Dot founder Steve Barr on a surprise inspection.

"Dr. Homeslice, can I have a word with you?"


"I noticed that you have some Garfield posters on your wall."


"Did you fill out the requisite triplicate form for them in the school office?"

"Uh, no."

Steve Barr frowns.

"I see, Dr. Homeslice. You do have proof that these posters are insured, don't you?"

"Um...my insurance agent's been outta town."

"Dr. Homeslice, please report to my office immediatley and bring everything in your desk with you. You may have an AMU representative accompany you to this meeting."


Mister Teacher said...

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Thanks, and I hope your summer is going well!

Anonymous said...

At my sister's public middle school in a large urban district, any technology brought from home (including a desk lamp) must be DONATED, including things like the teacher's own personal laptop computer.

Wrap your head around THAT one!

Darren said...

My large suburban district has almost the exact same wording in our teacher contract. If you're trying to take a swipe at Green Dot for that requirement, feel free to take a swipe at my public school district in Sacramento as well.

ms. whatsit said...

I guess I should stop whining about the fact that teachers in my district are prohibited from using their own laptops on school property.


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