Community Protests Northville Teachers' Resignations

Protestors gathered outside the school board's meeting Tuesday.

Students and parents are upset with the way two Northville High School teachers, who have resigned, were treated. Credit: Patch file photo
Students and parents are upset with the way two Northville High School teachers, who have resigned, were treated. Credit: Patch file photo
Two special education teachers, Jennifer Warnock and Lynn Traxler, left their positions at Northville High School because of allegations that they told students to intentionally do poorly on standardized tests. 

Northville students and parents, who thought the teachers were not treated fairly, protested outside the school board meeting Tuesday at Hillside Middle School. The district's actions and the community's response has attracted widespread attention.

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The Northville Public Schools board of education accepted the teachers' resignations by a 6-0 vote at a meeting earlier this month.

The district investigated the situation in the fall after some students in the special education department scored significantly low on the NWEA test. The teachers, who were placed on paid administrative leave, were accused of telling students to perform poorly on the test in the fall but do well on the test in the spring to make the teachers look good, ClickOnDetroit.com reported.

School officials are looking for their replacements. 

Do you think the teachers were treated fairly? What actions do you want the school board to take? Post a comment below.
Tamara January 18, 2014 at 08:21 PM
Thank you for the helpful link Carol. And so it begins... Fight Common Core people or "you ain't seen nothing yet." Dems voted for it because they want to further the indoctrination of the youth with their liberal agenda. Reps voted for this because they wanted to supply "worker-cogs" to companies. Shame on both parties. This all goes directly against the US Constitution and the Republican principles. They are gathering data on all of our students K-12 and they are going to decide who will do what by 8th grade. Think I sound like a nut? I WISH! Don't take my word for it - look it up yourself - PLEASE! Hello China. Hello Hitler. Goodbye USA.
Tamara January 18, 2014 at 10:53 PM
Denise - Thank you for introducing me to Diane Ravich. Very good stuff. I don't agree with everything she says, and some things she says are not factually accurate, but some things she says are brilliant and right on target. Those jewels are worth the reading to get to them... For example, she calls us a Democracy and we are NOT a Democracy - we are a Republic. There is a big difference. Also, this was written about her, "For Ravitch, public school education is about knowledge, about learning, about developing character, and about creating citizens for our society. It’s about helping to inspire independent thinkers, not just honing job skills or preparing people for college. Public school education is essential to our democracy, and its aim, since the founding of this country, has been to educate citizens who will help carry democracy into the future." Again with the Democracy error, and there is also an error here about the timing of the start of public education. BUT - the rest is brilliant. Like I said above - schools in the USA are NOT about creating worker cogs... What we have teaches us to think outside the box which is what other countries wish so desperately to have. It is part of what has made the USA great with so many inventions, etc. Also - economic freedom - the chance to make a great life for you and your family. But, this is lost on many, as can be seen by a lot of current policy.
Patrick S Murphy January 20, 2014 at 07:21 AM
Let's get back to the subject here and that is the dismissal/forced resignation of these special teachers. I would like to know why the student's test scores have not been released. I believe those scores, as with all school testing data, is considered public domain as taxes are used to pay for the testing. This is not and should not be over. These teachers deserve better and if the administration can do this to them, then NO teacher in Northville, let alone the highs school is safe. I wonder why we haven't heard from the other teachers at Northville High School, I would say fear and intimidation of keeping their jobs is at play here too. I would love to see what kind of emails the school has put out in response to this event, again another thing that the public should and can have access to, is there someone who can help us get these these emails and test scores? The school district and school board should and need to be held accountable? Where's your proof? Especially since all this is falling under holding "teachers" more accountable. Also at what point does the county or state step in with all this wrongdoing? Special education students being bullied and then interrogated without parent permission, you'd think some state, if not federal, agency would have a problem with this. Must be that this happens to special education students all the time and its okay.
Tamara January 20, 2014 at 09:23 PM
Dear NPS Board Member or Administrator - As a parent, I would like to know what the policy is in regards to: 1) When can school administrators meet with my child to discuss an issue? 2) Who can do it and how many adults is too many? 3) What is the expected time for this type of a meeting and what is considered too long? 4) Can I be included if my child requests it? 5) Where is the line between a respectful and productive meeting and a harassing interrogation? Next questions are for an attorney - What are the rights of the students and the parents? What are the rights of the teachers? How do we fix this to help those involved and how do we prevent it from happening again?
Aysha Jamali January 20, 2014 at 09:33 PM
Tamara, I'll reach out to the school board to see if anyone is interested in answering your questions. I'm sure others are wondering about the same things. And thank you to everyone else commenting on this thread. It's creating an insightful discussion.


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