Blog Post About Stripper Days Could Get NYC Teacher, Melissa Petro, Canned

Melissa Petro, a former hooker and stripper, could lose her job as tenured teacher in the New York City school system, reports the New York Post.

Count on a media circus. If the disciplinary hearing to decide Petro's fate occurs after Jan. 3, this could be NYC Chancellor-to-be Cathie Black's first crisis. Even if it's scheduled before Black's start date, she could still get dragged in. The new media game is to publish Black spottings throughout the city. "There is Cathie at a school." "There is Cathie back at Hearst."

The background: Department of Education officials label Petro's behavior as "conduct unbecoming a teacher." But what they might be really thrown by is that Petro blogged about her past as a call girl who had advertised her services on Craigslist. She also posted on her days as a stripper. Consequently, last September, Mayor Michael Bloomberg ordered her out of the classroom. The next step is to have her out of the school system as an employee.

However -- as the union, lawyers, public, and media know -- it is difficult to get rid of a tenured teacher in the New York City system. There are so many arguments that could be used to defend Petro, ranging from that her past is not her present to the question of whether she is being punished for exercising free speech by blogging.


Jane Genova

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Jane Genova http://janegenova.com began focusing on transitions when the academic market collapsed as she was writing her dissertation in linguistics and literature at the University of Michigan.  After re-establishing herself in the public relations industry, she gradually published on the subject.  Her first piece was on The Professional Woman in THE WALL STREET JOURNAL.  Since then, she co-authored the book THE CRITICAL 14 YEARS OF YOUR PROFESSIONAL LIFE and myriad e-books and articles on career subjects ranging from emotional intelligence to aging.  In the 1980s she attempted another change by attending Harvard Law School.  She didn’t complete the degree but channeled that experience into maintaining a legal blog [http://lawandmore.typepad.com] housed at the Library of Congress.

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If she said that she taught quantum physics at Harvard before teaching HS, I would be asking her to establish credibility and prove it. But because she says she was a stripper, I just assume she is telling the truth. Talk about it amomg yourselves.

December 03 2010 at 9:09 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
moeelmore

Being a hooker is illegal in most of the US. being a stripper is not in most of the US. I personally knew a number of strippers over the years and can attest that being a stripper does not automaticaly equal the same. The ones I knew worked for a reason and in several cases ended up in long term stable marriages. As for the teacher - if it did not come up earlier and she is an effective teacher, they ought to leave her alone. if she is not bringing her baggage into the classroom, drop it. Bloomberg has more important things to deal with than a teacher who has evolved in her life. tiny petty and can be hateful.

December 03 2010 at 6:59 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
sgentilejr

She is far, far, far smarter than she looks.
She knew that her blogging would have this result___and that is exactly the result she wanted___because she also knows that if they fire her she has a very good chance of winning a multi-million dollar legal settlement in court. The City and the Mayor fell into the trap she set and she baited them and she has hooked them well and is now reeling them in.
She probably was never even a hooker or stripper and just said she was to sucker them into her trap. Anyone can lie on the Internet blogging sites and say anything they want to say___That does not make it true. I would not be one bit surprised if some of her close relatives are lawyers.

December 03 2010 at 6:50 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Little Red

The information society is the internet. in 2003 the World Summit on the information Society declaration of principles makes specific reference to the importance of free speech on the information highway. As outlined in Article 19 in the declaration of Human Rights "everyone has the right of freedom of expression and that right includeds the freedome to hold opinions without interference and to impart information and ideas through ANY media regardless of frontiers." This includes the internet. She should tell her shcoll that the ACLU can give them a quick briefing off what free speech is all about and to backoff.

December 03 2010 at 6:30 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Bop

I wonder if it is better to have a tax evading congressman keep his job or a reformed stripper lose her job?? NYC mayor Bloomberg should order the people to elect honest congresspersons!! At least she is honestly talking about her past.

December 03 2010 at 6:22 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Arlene

I can't imagine why she would share this with the world.
The message that I am getting here as that society does not have faith that people can turn their lives around. She did this in the past, prior to her employment. What kind of teacher is she? Does she do a good job? Is she currently a living a respectable life. Im sure that if we delved into every persons life, we would find something he/she would not be proud to have the world know.
In my opinion, she is guilty of poor judgement.

December 03 2010 at 6:18 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
S.S.

We are a Christian based country, who elected to share our space with other religions......because our Constitution is a Christian based doctrine.......and, in all the world, our country is more philanthropic than any other.......SO......Oy Vey, here it is Bloomberg......Christ befriended a prostitute, and told the deciples not to judge others, and practice forgivness...and Judeaism predates Christianity...please keep your personal religious ideal out of people's lives.....So, we not going to apply anything logically oriented to this matter.....?????? Yet another hypocritical evdeavor.....pretty soon, instead of sounding like an ass, you'll be a total ass.

December 03 2010 at 6:15 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
james

she should go back to stripping. much more lucrative than teaching anyway.

December 03 2010 at 5:54 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Maria

Hey Trish: Are you retarded? Take a look at your spelling and LACK OF capital letters. You're no better. Brad actually made a point, what is your point, besides who spelled a word wrong? Do you even know what this article is about?

December 03 2010 at 5:48 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
wee willy weener

who the fug is named BRAD? WHAT ARE YOU ON LEAVE IT TO BEAVER? YOUR PROBABLY A FLAMER

December 03 2010 at 5:35 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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Brad

yea yea yea yada yada yada where did you leave your brain

December 03 2010 at 5:52 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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