John Silvers would like to be Solidarity’s Candidate for VP for Academic High Schools. Please read his bio and post questions below.
Pace University class of 2002
Pace University class of 2007
Taught 12 years at Manhattan Center for Science and Math High School. Spent the last two years in the ATR Pool listening to the complaints of teachers and what they seek from our union.
Married with two children
Taken to 3020-a hearing and fined $15,000 for one charge of insubordination with mitigating circumstances.
BIO: I am a product of the New York City Public School system, as are many of my colleagues. The things we learned in those public schools we attended gave us the ability to attend college and earn, at a minimum, a Masters Degree. Not bad for a school system that many have given up on. Thirty plus years ago I sat in the classroom of a teacher who was popular with staff and students alike. One day he looked at our class and made the following statement, “it is not students who burn teachers out, but the other adults in the building.” Thirty plus year later, I fully understand what he meant. Today, all of us can attest to this statement. Our truth is this: It is open season on teachers and our union has left us on our own. Like our Solidarity presidential candidate, I too have been through the 3020a process. My principal brought me up on incompetent charges while I had a 98 % passing rate on the American History regents. I was found guilty of one charge of insubordination with mitigating circumstances and given a $15,000 fine. I was excessed to the ATR Pool in August of 2013. I have spent the last two years traveling from school to school in Manhattan and listening to the complaints of our UFT brothers and sisters about the lack of support they are receiving from our union and try to support anyway I can.
As a child, my grandfather who was a teamster, taught me that a union is a brotherhood and that together we are stronger. It is that feeling that must be re-established in our union. Our truth is that there is a war going on in our schools and the administrators are taking no prisoners and our union leadership is in the rear with the gear safely bunkered down at 52 Broadway. I and the candidates of Solidarity will be in front line not the sidelines.