HOLYOKE, Mass. (WWLP) – The President of the Teachers Union in Holyoke claims the school department issued a ‘no trespassing’ notice to him, banning him from public school property in Holyoke.
The 22News I-Team spoke with Gus Morales on Tuesday. Morales said he thinks it was retaliation for speaking out against high stakes testing and data collection.
“I became a thorn in the side of anybody who was threatened by what I was saying you know, I speak against high stakes testing, I speak against data collection, I speak out against a lot of things but I do it in the interest of the students and the teachers,” he said.
Morales said the order was rescinded two days later after his lawyer talked to the school department’s lawyer but he still hasn’t been given a reason for it. The district didn’t renew Morales’ teaching contract in June, citing budget cuts. Although, Morales says it’s all related, he said it’s not fair, and he’s fighting to get his job back.
“I want to work there, Holyoke is the city I grew up in Holyoke is the city that educated me, I went through the Holyoke public school system. I love Holyoke, I want to fix Holyoke and make it better, I want to make the public schools an awesome school system.”
22News called and stopped by the Holyoke Superintendent’s office to try to get the district’s side but he hasn’t returned our calls.