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Raised by 112 people in 16 days
Created January 5, 2019
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Andrew Anzalone
on behalf of Mike Poplardo
As many of you are aware, Mr. Poplardo , a veteran teacher at Fox Lane High School who has been rated a "Highly Effective" teacher, advisor and coach for the better part of 30 years was recently suspended for showing a cable news video to his senior class.  The lesson was intended to prepare them for some of the pitfalls they might face in college.  The district administration viewed the video as controversial and suspended him without pay for one month.  Both current and former students, however, were thankful for what they call, "Mr. Pop's  Stay Safe" lesson.   I'm starting this GoFundMe so we can rally together to help him pay for some of his family expenses and healthcare costs during this difficult period.  Anything is appreciated.  Thank you!
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Update 2
Posted by Mike Poplardo
5 days ago
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Hi all,
The press coverage is getting better as the real story is starting to come out. The misleading BCSD press release is now being exposed. For example, the release claims I REFUSED a settlement offer that would have me paying a fine equal to one weeks pay, counseling and training. That is NOT true! The BCSD must think you all are dumb. Of course the offer to settle was more complex and it was unacceptable. The BCSD fails to mention all settlement talks would have me (1) agree to not challenge Manno’s decisions to remove me from 2 coaching positions for which I was highly rated and which to a large degree define who I am ( $ cost of that concession = about $11,000), (2) agree to not challenge Manno’s decision to remove me as the long term advisor of two extra curricular clubs ($ cost of about $3,300), (3) agree to pay a $3,000 fine, (4) agree to release the district from all future litigation, (5) to sell my soul by agreeing I did something horribly wrong when I planned a 2 day lesson designed to prepare 12th graders to make the transition from the safety of FLHS and their adolescent years to adulthood ( the cost of that concession is immeasurable) There are other clearly disingenuous statements in the BCSD’s press release. I will address those at a later date.
We are in the NO SHEEP ZONE!

Here is a link to the better news article. More to come!!
https://dailyvoice.com/new-york/bedford/
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Update 1
Posted by Mike Poplardo
8 days ago
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I apologize in advance for the length of this update

1. My work ethic compels me to earn your donations:
I starting working at age 12 when I had the biggest NY Post paper route in the Flatlands neighborhood of Brooklyn. Since then I have never been out of work. I have never asked for charity or government assistance so while the funds being raised are greatly needed at this point in my family’s life I am not comfortable knowing I am not working to earn the money. I have a creative solution to this internal debate. I will start working to create a logo and slogan that captures the essence of this struggle. I will share the design with all of my supporters and ultimately, invite all of you to an event where all of you will be given, completely free of charge, a t-shirt or some other product with the design imprinted on it. Doing this would satisfy my internal drive to earn the money you have donated. It will also give many of us a chance to see each other again in what may prove to be a fun social event.
2.THANK YOU for your compassion and generosity.
My family and I thank you for your support and your amazing generosity. When my best friend posted this gofundme page I did not imagine it would be this successful. While the funds raised are important much much more valuable are kind words and expressions of support. You have demonstrated a level of compassion and concern that is greatly need during this troubling time in my life and in the life of our great nation.
Speaking truth to power
3. You have helped to communicate a messages that the BCSD leadership team needs to hear and to reflect on. The messages about who you know me to be as a teacher, coach, and person warms my heart. The messages about the failure of the BCSD’s leadership team may be more important. Let’s hope the message leads to a course correction. As you know the BCSD’s current position is 12th grade students about to leave FLHS to go to college, join the military, or enter the workforce need to be protected from a two day lesson that includes watching a Fox News Documentary (41 minutes) and a discussion with peers and teachers (60 additional minutes). We know the BCSD leadership team is WRONG because we know FLHS students are among the best in the nation. Our students are capable of learning and growing as a result of this common educational process - they did learn and grow during this two day lesson and as a result of the courses I have designed. Ironically, if the BCSD leadership team’s position prevails they will have indicted their own school district as a FAILURE incapable of preparing 17 and 18 year old students to learn from a discuss of a cable news documentary.
4. The BCSD leadership team is MISLEADING the public via press releases and media coverage. (a) A Fox News documentary that aired on day time TV does NOT depict graphic sex and violence. (b) The offer to settle had a monetary cost of about $16,000 (accept removal from 2 coaching positions, 2 adviser positions and many event supervision assignments) the offer to settle also included immeasurable emotional harm. (c) the BCSD demanded a 6 month suspension without pay - a draconian punishment that even the biased arbitrator knew was crazy.
If you embrace this message you have entered
THE NO SHEEP ZONE!

Warmly,
Michael Poplardo
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Raised by 112 people in 16 days
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