To note before I get to the main story, Mosaica, run in the Muskegon, Michigan area, was recently in the news as they were not able to meet their own payroll.
The state is fronting $231,000 to the charter school district in Muskegon Heights so it can pay its employees. Teachers and staff didn’t get paid like they were supposed to on Monday.
The new Muskegon Heights Public School Academy System was set up in June 2012 when the old school district there went broke.
A state-appointed emergency manager created the PSA, which hired Mosaica, a charter school company, to run the school system. Now the new school system is running a deficit of its own.
Right, because private industry does run so much better for all areas.
The unbelievable story is about "Faculty Fun Day" at Mosaica's Arts and Technology Academy of Pontiac.
Every staff member has to participate.
Faculty Fun DayWHEN: Friday, May 2, 2014
WHAT: Would you like the chance to see how fun your child’s teacher can be?
WHY: Fundraiser for Teacher Appreciation Week
WHERE: [name redacted]'s class - Room XXX
COST: Any monetary amount
The Faculty at ATAP would like to invite our students and parents to help us kick off our Teacher Appreciation Week by donating money to have our teachers do some fun and wild activities. If you would like to see any faculty member do one of the following activities, you may bring in any amount of money and put it in the box of your choice in [name redacted]'s room by Wednesday, April 30. Check out our list of fun things and we can’t wait to have fun. By the way… NO STAFF MEMBER IS EXEMPT…this includes administration!!
MANDIVA – Our 3 favorite male faculty members in heels for an hour
SAVE MY JOB – 3 faculty members will stand in the parking lot during dismissal and hold a sign.
CREAM FACIAL – Students will throw pie in 3 faculty members’ faces during an assembly.
KINDERGARTEN EXTREME MAKEOVER – A kindergarten student will do the hair and makeup of 3 faculty members.
TEACHER SWAP – Teachers will swap roles with office, custodial, and lunch staff for an hour. We will also send a high school teacher to elementary and vice versa.
LOOK WHAT THE STORK BROUGHT IN!! – 3 faculty members in bonnets, bibs, and pacifiers (just like a baby)
This means that whatever the students pay for you to do, you MUST do it. I have also volunteered for some items so you know that I am serious about the implementation of this.
What does one teacher say?
As professional educators we accept that teaching within the urban core will have no shortage of challenges. Disrespect – which ultimately is combated by instilling a value for education and people – is the biggest challenge we face. The humiliation of teachers undermines the steps that we (teachers) have taken in working with our students. Will the students view the CREAM FACIAL as a fun? As humbling an authority figure? As revenge? How about a male teacher it heels? Does wearing women’s clothing enhance his stature within the student body? What about treating teachers as infants? Humiliation and ridicule bring teachers down a peg.
Washington State is having a charter conference to introduce the new charter schools. I note there is a panel one evening with former charter teachers that is for current public school teachers.
I wonder if this kind of "fundraising" will be discussed. Probably not.
I wonder if public school teachers realize how easily they can be used for fundraising and/or summarily kicked to the curb without the benefit of a strong union to prevent this kind of nonsense.