My initial confrontation with the New York City Board of Education bureaucracy came when I objected strongly to a written directive from my principal telling his administrators to hire only male teachers. After 13 years of teaching, I was abruptly given an unsatisfactory rating and a punitive transfer. N.Y. State Supreme Court Judge Wilfred A. Waltemade ruled that all I had done was criticize the administration and that punishment without any sort of a hearing was "repugnant to the principles of justice." The Board of Education duly gave me a hearing which found me guilty as charged. N.Y. State Supreme Court Judge Bernard Nadel ruled that I had had no semblance of a fair hearing and ordered the Board of Education to revise their entire procedure to conform to the due process provisions of the Constitution.