Sorry, make that Alexandra Kralik, the Broward School District and the Broward Teachers’ Union. Kralik, a kindergarten teacher, scores high on my angerometer because she has a habit of using physical force on the five-year-olds in her classroom. Her employer and her union score high because they keep letting it happen.
Check out this news article about Kralik, and this one, too. Read them closely: she has been caught six times, at different schools, but she keeps returning to the classroom. Why? Because unlike real life, a history of violence doesn’t matter. In this Florida school district, getting caught slamming a child’s head into a counter means you can come back to teaching once you read a letter they send you.
Here’s Steve Rossi, her union’s lawyer, in one of those articles: “Each case is looked at independently, and this case is looked at independently. Anything concerning any prior incidents doesn’t apply; everything has to be looked at independently.”
What? A teacher’s long history of hurting students doesn’t matter? How does that work? Oh, here’s how it works: she keeps getting teaching jobs, and kids keep being her victims. While honest parents are being railroaded by overzealous child-protection authorities, people in positions of trust keep getting away with it, because the system lets them.
Kralik was escorted out of her classroom a few days ago after yet another allegation of abuse, and is now working for the school board in a non-classroom position. Based on the policies of her employer and the rigorous defence mounted by her union, it looks like she might have to take a year off before she’s back in the classroom. And maybe also pay a $100 fine.
This is stupid and ridiculous. And where are the police? Children are assaulted and the perpetrator receives a written reprimand from her employer? Children come first, people. That’s clearly not the attitude at the Broward School District.
If I were a parent with kids in that system, my kids would not be at that school today. Or ever again. And if I had a kid in Kralik’s class, I’d be on the phone to the cops.