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(NYPost)   "She's evil. She finds pleasure in ruining people's lives." Meet the principal of New York City's worst elementary school   (nypost.com) divider line 37
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2014-01-14 07:37:42 AM
5 votes:
Never showing up on time -> alcohol.
Driving an X3 while kids don't have books -> embezzling.
2014-01-14 10:19:30 AM
4 votes:

spelletrader: This is more a case of a black female principal that dressy flashy at a school in a working class white neighborhood. They feel that she doesn't know her place and they will complain about whatever they imagine is going on.


ah. its all racism. the not showing up to work for years has nothing to do with it, its all just racism. the apparent corruption and incompetence have nothing to do with it either.

see, it actually people like YOU that are the problem, that allow people like her to exist.  on the one hand she appears to be provably incompetent, callous, in complete and flagrant dereliction of her duties for an extended time frame.
 on the other hand, she is black, so any effort to discuss the performance problems are simply racist, possibly a hate crime. also, she is a woman, so we had better not be male and discussing it either. does that pretty much sum up your insane worldview?
2014-01-14 06:26:34 AM
4 votes:
She's the Kim Jong Un of school administration.
2014-01-14 06:05:22 AM
4 votes:
She is defective. End her career.
2014-01-14 05:52:13 AM
3 votes:
The fact that these people exist IS the reason our society is doomed.
2014-01-15 12:40:40 AM
2 votes:
As someone who works and has family in the public school system in another big East coast city, let me tell you that this story isn't the least bit unusual. I see and hear things like this all the time, it just rarely makes the news because the schools don't want a scandal.

I know of several people in the school system (and that's just a few; I'm sure that there are many, many more that I don't know about!) who come and go as they please and otherwise exploit the system for their own benefit.  The best ones are the folks who have had or currently have lawsuits pending against the school system because they are considered "immune" to any type of discipline until the case is resolved. I have seen women take three- week long vacations during the start of the school year, work for only a couple hours a day, or in one case, take a three-month leave of absence without notifying anyone!  One woman had an affair with a superintendent several years ago and is still considered untouchable. Another woman sold the school system a ridiculously expensive curriculum (which she developed during the time that she was supposed to be working for the school district, but that's another story) that they only bought because she worked for the man running the distinct. The curriculum was dumped two years later, but it cost millions to the taxpayers. Of course, that will never make the news, and no one even knows about outside the schools.  The teachers all know, but who would listen to them? No one wants to lose their job, so no one says anything.

The funny thing is, most people think public schools are generally decent, but that's rarely the case. Most schools are understaffed, in need of repair and materials, and teachers barely get a say in what they teach. The district hands them the curriculum (usually in the first week of school, without telling anyone) and expects them to teach it verbatim. Never mind that none of the students have workbooks or regular books, and the school can't let the students take books home because most of them would disappear in the first week of school.  Computers don't work, but the schools say they want the students to all have tablets within two years! I can't imagine what that will cost, but the sad truth is that many students would probably sell or break the tablets pretty quickly.

The things I see and hear would shock most of you, and I wish that there was a way to get these stories out, but everyone is afraid for their job. No one wants to be blacklisted from teaching for spilling the beans, and too many people profit from the system the way it is to want things changed.  A lot of teachers try to change things from within, but it is always an uphill battle. They are fighting the system, and the system has been in place for a long time. My advice is for parents to be as involved as possible in their child's school, because that is the one area where change could actually begin. It is so rare nowadays to see parents in the classroom, and if they were then they would see and hopefully speak out against what is going on.  Unfortunately, many parents view school as daycare, and don't come to parents' nights or conferences, so it's hard to get people to see what's happening with the administration. Anyway, sorry for the long and depressing post, but I really had to comment on this story.
2014-01-14 01:45:09 PM
2 votes:
So's she's in the middle of a shiatstorm and elects to show herself in a mini with boots, furs and extensions?  Batshiat crazy delusional.  Me, as soon as my job was being question in the media, I'd rocking knee-length business suits, sensible shoes, scraped back hair and granny glasses whether I 'd needed them or not.  Let people say I was dressing down for the media.  Beats handing them photographic evidence of my unsuitability for my position.
2014-01-14 09:11:04 AM
2 votes:

Kibbler: Granted that, if the details of this story are true (keeping in mind that the source is the NYP), this particular idiot has a talent for drawing bad publicity down on herself, and almost certainly should be fired.

This proves that you can't find arrogant, incompetent, lazy, embezzling white male principals in NYC, because if they existed, of course the NYP would be there, in a flash, because their agenda is only ensuring the best possible education for the city's children, for example, Creative Broom Pushing.

Wait, no, this proves that we need to abolish all public schools, and switch over to corporate-run and -sponsored schools, because Free Market.

But I can tell by your eyebrows that you think the NYP leapt gleefully on this particular story.  Well I can tell you that they never even noticed that she's black and female.  The NYP does not work that way.

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Regarding your smug diatribe...not so much. From last summer:

thenypost.files.wordpress.com

A disgraced principal who resigned amid a 2004 cheating scandal in The Bronx has resurfaced in a Hamptons school that's being investigated for a testing irregularity.

Eric Casale, 41, high-tailed it out of PS 91 during a probe into charges that he covered up for a math teacher who gave out test answers on a critical Regents exam.

He abruptly resigned before the probe was completed but somehow landed another principal gig at the tiny Springs Union Free School District in East Hampton just months later.


September 2012.

thenypost.files.wordpress.com

The exclusive Upper East Side Nightingale-Bamford School for girls has been rocked by scandal after married teacher Jonathan Fuller was suspended amid allegations he had an affair with a student, The Post has learned.

August 2013.

Nine board members worth billions have bolted from tarnished Bronx prep school Horace Mann as sex-abuse victims clamor for accountability in the wake of paltry settlement payouts as low as $20,000.
The exodus started last fall after a hard-line faction within the board reversed a tentative agreement to "do right by the victims" by conducting an internal investigation into decades of rampant sex abuse of more than 50 students by at least 20 teachers from the 1970s through the 1990s, multiple sources told The Post.


November 2011.

The former assistant principal of a top all-boys Bronx Catholic school last week quietly received a sweet, no-jail sentence after pleading guilty to having kiddie porn on an electronic device at the school, it was revealed today.

And now the Marist Brothers - the religious order that runs Mount St. Michael Academy - is refusing to answer whether ex-asst. principal Brother Lawrence Gordon has ever been previously accused of sexual misconduct with a child.

The Marist Brothers also refuse to say what - if anything - was done to locate the young boys seen in the sick pictures on Gordon's USB drive found plugged into a computer the 65-year-old brother used at that school.

"I'm not here to answer," sniffed Brother Ben Consigli, who heads the Marist order in the United States, when asked those questions by The Post today.


--

Consider yourself told. Go and play your race and gender cards somewhere else.
2014-01-14 07:58:05 AM
2 votes:
I don't understand why the parents have allowed this state of affairs to continue for this long.  If this were my school, I would be in the superintendent's office every day demanding answers.  This is not a problem principal.  This is a problem administration who is not paying any attention to what its employees are doing.
2014-01-14 07:12:48 AM
2 votes:

stirfrybry: robohobo: Employee of a public school. That is all.

look for the union label


 Uh, dumbass... she's management.  Not union.
2014-01-14 06:19:25 AM
2 votes:
I just blinked a half dozen times looking at it.

When I was an undergrad I wanted to be a teacher. I did great in all my prep classes until I got to student teaching, where I had great difficulty. One part of my problem was my ancient-as-fark advisor, who docked me points for not wearing a tie. Ignoring my teacher was not wearing one, and one around me was except for him. I was so frustrated and driven to the brink by the insanity of student teaching that I left the teaching profession all together after getting my degree.

And this woman is an administrator and showing up like THAT?

I don't care if she's running Xavier School for Gifted Youth, she needs to be shot for wearing a costume like that to teach students in!
2014-01-14 06:14:58 AM
2 votes:
How long until we find out she was keeping the money for core curriculum books.
2014-01-14 05:56:04 AM
2 votes:

HaywoodJablonski: viscountalpha: The fact that these people exist IS the reason our society is doomed.

What do you mean THESE people?


Sociopaths?
2014-01-14 05:52:30 AM
2 votes:
Didn't we do this yesterday? Still nothing better than the New York Post?

As for the supposed dance, I assume that cost is a requirement for going to the party, but I can't imagine she could make the party mandatory
2014-01-14 12:15:50 AM
2 votes:
Sills has required parents to pay more than $110 per child for the annual, fifth-grade shindig. The girls must rent little white dresses that look like bridal gowns, and the boys must rent tuxedos with tails, sources told The Post.

The fark?
2014-01-14 03:06:01 PM
1 votes:
The more I see things like this, the more and more I am convinced that the larger the group of people in one place, the more their IQ goes down. Out here in the boonies, this woman would be fired and jailed.
2014-01-14 01:21:31 PM
1 votes:

pxlboy: Moopy Mac: spelletrader: Moopy Mac: This woman may be terrible (and probably is). But, unless you are not familiar with the NYP, you know this paper has a long history of racial innuendo and that a certain amount of skepticism is necessary whenever reading articles from this paper on certain matters.

This tactic by the NY Post works so well that even detractors of their methods are willing to say things like "it may be true (and probably is)"

It's human nature to assume the worst of others, throw in public servant and union member, on top of a high salary and you've got one hell of a jump to judgement. The fact that she is a black female is icing on the cake.

I have no idea if this woman is what they claim her to be. I doknow that I am disgusted by the way the Post reports the story. Allegations of this nature demand thorough investigation, there is no doubt about that. If she turns out to be innocent of any wrongdoing it will be a complete waste of time and money, her career will have been harmed and the Post will find another "story" to report in an inflammatory manner. Either way they don't give a shiat, nobody outraged by this will care if she is innocent or not, they've already made their judgement and indictment in their minds.

It's not necessarily the Post's methods being effective, but rather she really probably is not doing her job at an adequate level. There is no shortage of underperforming principals, the Post just has to find one of them. If she is a caricature, even better.

One could adjust one's foil hat and wonder if she was paid to be the caricature of the token black/union/welfare/teacher/etc that the right (and their constituency) so desperately want to believe exists.


Why would that even be necessary?
2014-01-14 12:52:07 PM
1 votes:

captjc: SpectroBoy: 

Looks like Flip Wilson to me.

Maybe it's the fur and excessive makeup, but I have to go with drag queen as well.


I was wrong. It's clearly Tracy Morgan in drag.
2014-01-14 11:58:35 AM
1 votes:
Apropos:

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2014-01-14 11:42:07 AM
1 votes:

kregh99: stirfrybry: robohobo: Employee of a public school. That is all.

look for the union label

 Uh, dumbass... she's management.  Not union.


Here's a hint.

Google American Federation of School Administrators, follow the link, and see who Local 1 represents.
2014-01-14 11:41:49 AM
1 votes:

spelletrader: Gulper Eel: The Post didn't put her in that fur coat or that car.

Why would it matter what she wears or drives? This is exactly my point. She makes $127k a year (which I find absurd, but I am not familiar with principal salaries) and drives a car that is $40k, which is less than a third of that, seems pretty responsible to me. If she's married and her husband works than they have an even greater household income, making the car less outrageous.

Is her attire professionally appropriate? Probably not, but that is not any indication of her work or ethics. If it was a male principal dressing pastel suits would there be as much attention drawn to it? Nope.


No. But if the principal went dressed in baggy pants, looking like he was about to head to the club. you can bet your ass there would be just as much outrage.
2014-01-14 11:34:37 AM
1 votes:

Point02GPA: Leaving her personality misunderstandings aside, she rocks big time in fur.

/I'd hit it


With the fury of a thousand PETA protestors?

Heck, they're not going away. Might as well aim them in a useful direction for once.

/Not anti-fur
//Or pro-PETA
2014-01-14 11:13:16 AM
1 votes:

spelletrader: What troubles me is the "Can you believe this uppity black biatch?" subtext that pervades the Post articles. It speaks to a certain type of NY'er that gets off on blaming minorities for anything and everything, they eat that shiat up and the Post is laughing all the way to the bank.


The Post didn't put her in that fur coat or that car. The basic facts of the story are not in question. The mayor is pissed off about the situation, as he damn well better be.

Look also upthread - several other Post school-corruption exposes in which the perpetrators are decidedly white and/or decidedly wealthy.

When it comes to their school-corruption coverage, they don't care whether they're taking down private schools like Horace Mann, elite public schools like Stuyvesant (cheating scandal) or some shiathole public school like this one.
Biv
2014-01-14 10:19:35 AM
1 votes:

spelletrader: asynchron: Are you saying that you think it's OK that the school doesn't have textbooks because it's not legally required? I really hope that's not what you're saying

Where in the article does it say that the kids do not have text books?!? 

FTFA: "....no reading, writing or math books for the rigorous Common Core curriculum."

Check the link I posted, the books are optional and not meant to be a script for teachers to teach. The school still has the proper text books and is teaching to the Common Core standards, just not with the optional materials that the NYSED sells. Many schools choose to create their own materials to adhere to Common Core. 

Also, the school has been inspected, as the article notes: "There is significant room for organizational improvement," Schools Chancellor Carmen Fariña said. "But [Deputy Chancellor Dorita Gibson reported] that classrooms are orderly, teachers are dedicated, and students are learning. Going forward, I will have field staff at the school weekly to make sure those organizational changes occur."

They are not lacking any materials and they'll be re-inspected weekly. This is more a case of a black female principal that dressy flashy at a school in a working class white neighborhood. They feel that she doesn't know her place and they will complain about whatever they imagine is going on. 

Also FTFA: Dressed in a fur coat, sunglasses, a revealing short skirt and funky fur boots she looked as if she were headed to a nightclub as she climbed into her shiny red BMW X3 - which goes for a base price of $40,000 - and drove off.

How dare she dress in a way that the Post deems inappropriate for a principal. The nerve of her driving a shiny red  $40k foreign automobile. She just doesn't know here place, right?

asynchron: lso don't understand several people's apparent attitude of "NY Times is the real monster here" in this thread...

And it's the NY Post, not the Times. There are worlds of difference between the two, but I see that yo ...


You obviously didn't read yesterday's article:


"
Students at PS 106 in Far Rockaway, Queens, have gotten no math or reading and writing books for the rigorous Common Core curriculum, whistleblowers say.
The 234 kids get no gym or art classes. Instead, they watch movies every day.
"The kids have seen more movies than Siskel and Ebert," a source said.
The school nurse has no office equipped with a sink, refrigerator or cot.
The library is a mess: "Nothing's in order," said a source. "It's a junk room."
No substitutes are hired when a teacher is absent - students are divvied up among other classes.
A classroom that includes learning-disabled kids doesn't have the required special-ed co-teacher.
About 40 kindergartners have no room in the three-story brick building. They sit all day in dilapidated trailers that reek of "animal urine," a parent said; rats and squirrels noisily scamper in the walls and ceiling.

...........
More alarming, the teachers have gotten no curricula since Sandy. Last February, the DOE announced several new options, including "Go Math" for grades K-5, and "ReadyGen" or the state Education Department's "Core Knowledge" for English language arts. The books cover the Common Core standards, skills that kids should master at each level.
But five months into the school year, PS 106 classes still don't have the books or teacher's guides.
"They have no reading program, no math program," a source said, adding Sills blames outside administrators for not sending materials.
Teachers muddle through by printing out worksheets they find online, buying their own copy paper."

That doesn't sound like a school that has the materials it needs
2014-01-14 09:19:23 AM
1 votes:
How convenient that it was also Bring Your Lawyer to Work Day!
2014-01-14 08:43:58 AM
1 votes:
Granted that, if the details of this story are true (keeping in mind that the source is the NYP), this particular idiot has a talent for drawing bad publicity down on herself, and almost certainly should be fired.

This proves that you can't find arrogant, incompetent, lazy, embezzling white male principals in NYC, because if they existed, of course the NYP would be there, in a flash, because their agenda is only ensuring the best possible education for the city's children, for example, Creative Broom Pushing.

Wait, no, this proves that we need to abolish all public schools, and switch over to corporate-run and -sponsored schools, because Free Market.

But I can tell by your eyebrows that you think the NYP leapt gleefully on this particular story.  Well I can tell you that they never even noticed that she's black and female.  The NYP does not work that way.
2014-01-14 08:42:58 AM
1 votes:

black__hippie: How long until we find out she was keeping the money for core curriculum books.


This is just another example of NY Post being an uninformed rag posing as a informative news source. Common Core is a set of standards, there are no mandatory materials required to the standards. New York State Department of Education does offer curriculum materials to meet the standards, through the Engage NY program. These materials are totally optional and in no way necessary to meet the Common Core Standards of education. 

Here's a link to the information.
2014-01-14 08:29:37 AM
1 votes:

Ilmarinen: solitary: omg her car is worth $40,000!  how very dare she!

Yes, that is clearly the main point of TFA.


Also. $40k is the base price, not the price of her car.
2014-01-14 08:25:20 AM
1 votes:

robohobo: Point02GPA: Leaving her personality misunderstandings aside, she rocks big time in fur.

/I'd hit it

Her knees definitely aren't sharp. More like each is a bag containing a large softball sized rock. You need higher standards, man. She's a beast.


A beast who dresses like a hooker for her job as a principal. Zero professionalism shown. Fire her on the spot IMO. Would YOU want your children being taught in a school run by that? I wouldn't.
2014-01-14 08:16:22 AM
1 votes:

Close2TheEdge: Um...what principal dresses like THAT for work?

My guess is the guarded response by the Deputy Chancellor is a bit of a smokescreen.  They now have to figure out some way to get rid of this crazy biatch without getting their asses sued off.  After all, they department has basically condoned her behavior for years.  You know full well she is going to lawyer up and actively resist any attempt at firing for cause,


My take was that the Deputy Chancellor was satisfied with the situation and said the necessary BS that the press expects to hear. In six months it will be business as usual for this principal.
2014-01-14 07:39:00 AM
1 votes:

solitary: omg her car is worth $40,000!  how very dare she!


Isn't $40k, like, a low to mid-level sedan or something?  Maybe even a Prius with just the standard package?
2014-01-14 07:17:42 AM
1 votes:
If we researched her CV, we would likely find that she hails from a similarly rotten middle school, maybe even the same one. She studied the bare minimum through college. Realized too late that she hates teaching the underserved and is not really good at teaching anyway. Became an administrator. The pattern continues.
2014-01-14 06:46:05 AM
1 votes:
Um...what principal dresses like THAT for work?

My guess is the guarded response by the Deputy Chancellor is a bit of a smokescreen.  They now have to figure out some way to get rid of this crazy biatch without getting their asses sued off.  After all, they department has basically condoned her behavior for years.  You know full well she is going to lawyer up and actively resist any attempt at firing for cause,
2014-01-14 06:33:29 AM
1 votes:

gibbon1: Lady Indica: Sociopaths?

Sociopaths aren't people.


Hey now, don't be hurtful.  We are people, too.
But as a spokesman for the American Federation of Sociopaths, we're disowning this b!tc#.  She's delusional.
2014-01-14 06:08:16 AM
1 votes:
Employee of a public school. That is all.
2014-01-14 12:49:17 AM
1 votes:

fusillade762: miss diminutive: Sills has required parents to pay more than $110 per child for the annual, fifth-grade shindig. The girls must rent little white dresses that look like bridal gowns, and the boys must rent tuxedos with tails, sources told The Post.

The fark?

Came to mention this as well. Not sure how that's legal. Or even possible.


It reads like the script of an unbelievable, melodramatic kids movie. Yet, having worked with NYC public servants for a number of years, I'm inclined to believe it. I've seen that type all too often. Petty tyrants with little supervision in a district that nobody really cares to supervise. The way she did herself up as belle of the ball? She saw herself as queen of her fiefdom, and this was her last little ceremony before her subjects left her dominion. Of course they had to dress up and dance for her at their own expense. Or some crazy shiat like that.

The follow-up stories should be interesting on this one at least.
2014-01-14 12:24:27 AM
1 votes:

miss diminutive: Sills has required parents to pay more than $110 per child for the annual, fifth-grade shindig. The girls must rent little white dresses that look like bridal gowns, and the boys must rent tuxedos with tails, sources told The Post.

The fark?


Came to mention this as well. Not sure how that's legal. Or even possible.
 
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