Mona Davids, president of the New York City Parents Union, accused Campbell Brown, a former CNN anchor, of trying to undermine her lawsuit. ‘We will not be bullied by Campbell Brown,’ Davids said Thursday. Both women filed separate lawsuits against teacher tenure. A judge has consolidated the lawsuits.
BY Edgar Sandoval , Stephen Rex Brown
NEW YORK DAILY NEWS
Published: Thursday, September 11, 2014, 7:55 PM
Updated: Thursday, September 11, 2014, 7:55 PM
A judge consolidated a pair of lawsuits challenging teacher tenure in New York on Thursday — but the two people behind the cases couldn’t be farther apart.
Mona Davids, president of the New York City Parents Union, who filed the first legal action, made wild accusations Thursday against Campbell Brown, who filed the second.
“This is our lawsuit. We will not be bullied by Campbell Brown,” said Davids, who passed out fake dollars bearing Brown’s likeness at a bizarre press conference outside Staten Island Supreme Court.
Davids insisted that Brown, a former CNN anchor turned education advocate, had orchestrated a behind-the-scenes effort to undermine her suit. But Davids, despite the fire with which she made her accusation, did not produce evidence to back it up.
Both suits argue that job protections for teachers make it essentially impossible to fire incompetent educators — a violation of students’ constitutional right to a sound, basic education.
Brown sought to stay above the fray. “Our view has always been, the more parents, lawyers and families supporting this effort, the better,” Brown said.
A group that gathered at the courthouse to support tenure said the mudslinging and lawsuits distracted from important issues.
“We need to focus on education, bringing back music, science and supplies for our school,” said Ed Josey, 74, of the NAACP of Staten Island.