The Baldwin Early Learning Pilot Academy, long renowned for its highly committed staff, is now facing calls from parents and community members to reinstate beloved veteran educators.
Six educators, including several who participated in the founding of the school, have been asked by the current Baldwin school principal to leave the school this year or reapply to positions they previously held. Many see the removal of these dedicated educators as a blow to the Baldwin community, as many students who faced hardship and losses in the pandemic are unable to re-establish relationships with important educators in their lives. To this end, more than one hundred current and former Baldwin parents signed a petition calling for the reinstatement of these staff members.
At the time of these changes in February, the reasoning given was that there were not enough long-term positions available at Baldwin. However, there are now enough staff vacancies to restore all of the educators to long-term positions. Nonetheless, at the time of this Bulletin, despite the Principal’s statement to the BTU-BPS Steering Committee that all the educators are excellent, these changes have not yet been reversed and, in fact, one of the founding members has now been told they will not get a second interview. At the same time, the positions have been posted for several months now, and still have not been filled with just three days of school left.
Members of the Baldwin school community hope to see these educators reinstated to long-term positions in the spirit of Baldwin’s founding mission of a collaborative leadership structure and the elevation of educator and family voices. Many of those impacted are veteran educators with up to twenty-four years of service, and who have strong ties to the Baldwin community and helped to found the Pilot School.
The circumstances beg the question of what the principal’s real agenda is. The staffing changes are believed by many to be the result of retaliation towards educators who spoke up on the Governing Board. The superintendent must intervene at Baldwin to restore collaboration and trust in the school and to protect the district from some very misguided decisions being made by the current Baldwin principal.