Todd Friedman, NYC teacher, was rated unsatisfactory for excessive absences (eleven during a school year)... even though his absences were due to surgery and the death of his father.
This is another example of the "gotcha" mentality of the NYC Board of Education system. Principals are coached to "go after" teachers regardless of their merit. Todd Friedman "grieved" and WON! Now THAT's why we need the UNION!