Can the NYC DOE terminate my license to teach?
NYC DOE can do a lot of trashy things, but they surely can not terminate your license to teach. If you have done something egregious, I’m not talking to you. But to teachers who have been doing their jobs all along, you are safe.
Your license was given to you by the New York State Department of Education. So should you be in a precarious position with the NYC DOE right now, always remember, you are still free to teach in any non-DOE affiliated number of schools throughout the local area, the state, the country, and the world.
Now if you are or will be discontinued, you are able to work in any other district besides the one in which you were hired, then discontinued in. (Do consider: Have you been discontinued and/or terminated? Are you non-tenured or tenured?)
The catch is, this is true for many and false for many BECAUSE it is still in the hands of the principal to create and pursue your nomination. Should you decide to pursue another teaching position within the DOE, just tell the DOE Principal the truth about your situation…it sucks, we know, but you won’t be the first nor the last to have to reveal something you’d prefer not to or feel you shouldn’t have to. At the end of the day it’s going to be up to the principal to push your paperwork through IF you have been discontinued. As a discontinued teacher you are problem-coded (which I think should be ILLEGAL) and the DOE will rat you out sooner or later. So don’t blindside the DOE Principal, just be upfront.
As for the letters you may or may not receive in the mail regarding your discontinuance: What the DOE can DO is hire lawyers to word “discontinuance” and “termination” letters in such a way to keep you befuddled and save their rears from most lawsuits–at least somewhat.
They should call them Deterrence Letters OR Stall Letters because that’s what they are designed to do…deter you from asserting your labor rights and/or stall you from seeking proper counsel, provided that you are a good teacher that was wrongfully terminated by nincompoop(s) who no longer wanted you in their school because you advocated for students or protested unethical working conditions. Of course the OPI or Office of Personnel Investigation ((not to be confused with the Office of Special Investigations)) will be more interested in investigating you, rather than the almighty DOE Principal.
What about the UFT? You say. Well what about it? I ask. We need a stronger union that doesn’t think overturning less than 4% of U-Rating Appeal Hearings (or whatever they are calling them now) is acceptable.
What about the DOE’s OEO + Diversity Management Office, and so forth? Well, can you please take your right hand and try to slap yourself? Were you successful? I hope not. What this means is that the DOE seems rather hesitant to tell on itself.
Get serious. Go to the real office of the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.