Just two days after the primary election, the Parents Transparency Project will host a mayoral forum on how to get rid of “sexual predators” in schools. The PTP, a nonprofit formed to stop sexual abuse in schools, was co-founded by Campbell Brown, a parent activist and former CNN anchor.
So far, Republican candidate Joe Lhota and independents Adolfo Carrion and Jack Hidary will attend the Thursday forum. The press release notes that Bill de Blasio, who won the Democratic primary but may still face a run off, and Bill Thompson, who came in second place, have yet to respond to the invitation.
Brown argues that there are 16 cases that teachers were found to have behaved inappropriately by investigators. When the city tries to fire those teachers, an arbitrator has found that another punishment is more appropriate than termination. Brown, and the city, have argued that the chancellor should only be able to determine the punishment of these teachers, while teachers union president Michael Mulgrew says the teachers deserve due process.
Brown and Mulgrew recently had a show down over the issue of firing teachers who have been accused of sexual misconduct.
Here are the forum details: Thursday, Sept. 12 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Scholastic Auditorium at 557 Broadway, NY.