Part one of a three-part series.
The teacher didn’t want the job at Gompers Middle School. Principal Vince Riveroll didn’t want to hire someone who didn’t want it. So it floored Riveroll when he walked into a staff meeting years ago and found the man he rejected standing there, shoulder to shoulder with his teachers.
“They assigned me here anyway,” Riveroll recalls the teacher saying.
It wasn’t a glitch. It is the major flaw in how hiring works in San Diego Unified. When the school district places teachers in front of your children, the decision may have little to do with whether they make sense for your school, whether the principal wants them or even whether they themselves want to be there.