I recently graduatead with a teaching degree after completing a year long internship. I've done a lot of social justice and youth advocacy work and wanted to get a teaching degree to support low income students and families as well as possibly influence schools into better supporting their struggling students through spreading cultural awareness and the many struggles disadvantaged family and youth have. Unfortunately, my student teaching experience was the single worst experience of my life. The school I was at was trying to work with a changing demographic (I should also note I was one of two minority student teachers in a school with all white staff). I was appalled at the discrimination, racism, and derogatory comments teachers made about parents and their students. I also saw favoritism in grading for families who my cooperating teacher liked more. I saw favorite students recommended for gifted programs even though there were minority students who performed better on assessments. My cooperating teacher was also only interested in having me work for him to take over his classroom and did not once provide feedback. He would trash talk other teachers to me and speak negatively about students to other kids on a regular basis. There were multiple times he wasn't in the building altogether and would go home early for doctor's appointments, to get lunch, fix his plumbing (no joke), etc. The worst was when he was 50 minutes late to school on a testing day. This was very much illegal but I couldn't force him to be at the school. He once even asked me to look at confidential student teacher applications for the next year to let him know who the best pick would be. Then, after completing twice as long a full time teaching experience as required, when discussing the return of teaching responsibilities so I could focus on professional development in other areas, he became hostile, made false accusations, and yelled to the point the kindergarten teacher proximal to us had to close her door. I then faced bullying, harassment, and retaliation from my CT for the rest of the year. I have a strong letter of recommendation from my cooperating teacher (which surprised me), but he has neglected to fill out a single reference form in the last 3 months since I graduated even though in emails he states he will do them (each time it's brought up, there is a new excuse for why it's not done). I don't expect, nor do I want, to use him as a reference (beyond possibly the letter) going forward. I am ashamed to say I was silent during that time. I had no power, and was worried about putting my graduation in jeopardy. My college was aware of these violations and did nothing. I want to know if I should email my concerns over my cooperating teacher's conduct to the Superintendent. It appalls me to think the school will continue to deny services to those eligible and that my former CT can continue to damage children's education.