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34672Re: [nyceducationnews] Re: student protest vs. another abusive Leadership Academy principal

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  • Jonathan
    Apr 2, 2011
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      Without for a moment diminishing the anguish caused by abuse 10 or 20 years ago, the level of administrator abuse of staff in our schools today is far, far greater. What was once shocking is now commonplace.

      Jonathan

      On Fri, Apr 1, 2011 at 12:52 PM, Elizabeth <nycholdnational@...> wrote:
       

      But Noah,

      What due process protections do teachers really have? I witnessed first
      hand and heard many more accounts of outrageous heartbreaking injustices
      leveraged on classroom teachers by school administrators, district
      officials and curriculum specialists in Manhattan during the nineties
      and into the early years of this decade. In the vast majorityof cases,
      higher level administrators, school board members and most importantly
      their own union stood by -or worse aided and abetted the activity.

      I wish it weren't so

      Elizabeth

      --- In nyceducationnews@yahoogroups.com, "Noah E Gotbaum" <noah@...>
      wrote:


      >
      > I mentioned the Ed Reformers complicity in this because of their
      number one
      > policy initiative is to remove teacher tenure and other due process
      > protections, thereby giving carte blanche to abuses like this.
      >
      >
      >
      >
      >
      >
      >
      > From: nyceducationnews@yahoogroups.com
      > [mailto:nyceducationnews@yahoogroups.com] On Behalf Of Leonie Haimson
      > Sent: Friday, April 01, 2011 12:34 PM
      > To: nyceducationnews@yahoogroups.com
      > Subject: RE: [nyceducationnews] student protest vs. another abusive
      > Leadership Academy principal
      >
      >
      >
      >
      >
      > Only if parents sue; it is almost impossible to find legal
      representation
      > for cases like this.
      >
      >
      >
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      > From: nyceducationnews@yahoogroups.com
      > [mailto:nyceducationnews@yahoogroups.com] On Behalf Of Dee Alpert
      > Sent: Friday, April 01, 2011 12:01 PM
      > To: nyceducationnews@yahoogroups.com
      > Subject: Re: [nyceducationnews] student protest vs. another abusive
      > Leadership Academy principal
      >
      >
      >
      >
      >
      > I guess the Corporation Counsel is going to spend a lot of money
      defending
      > Joel Klein in a suit asking that damages be levied against him
      personally
      > for this disgraceful conduct. - Dee Alpert
      >
      > On 4/1/2011 7:15 AM, Jonathan wrote:
      >
      >
      >
      > But this is different. The superintendent removed him - the next day
      Klein
      > put him back (after the finding of sexual harassment was confirmed).
      The
      > harassment issue may generate more headlines - but this is an issue of
      a
      > protected Leadership Academy principal with a wide range of abusive
      behavior
      > towards staff and students.
      >
      > Jonathan
      >
      > On Fri, Apr 1, 2011 at 2:05 AM, Dee Alpert sappell@... wrote:
      >
      >
      >
      > I don't see that this h as anything to do with "education deformers."
      The
      > NYC DOE kept on an a.p. in Queens despite numerous rumors re his
      molesting
      > female students for years; then ... he got himself transferred to
      Stuy.
      > where he serially molested 23 female students. That was before the
      > Bloomberg/Klein education "deform" move - in happened under a prior
      Mayor
      > and prior Chancellor, Harold Levy. Or at least, the a.p. was caught
      and
      > prosecuted under Levy. His serial molestations went on for many years
      > before then in at least 2 different high schools.
      >
      > There are recurrent stories nationally about what is called the "pass
      the
      > trash" process whereby principals and/or superintendents agree to give
      > molesters decent references and not have them disciplined or
      prosecuted as
      > long as they keep quiet about what they've done and move to another
      > district. This is an historic process; zero to do with any education
      > "reform" measures; before , even, the current folks whom you would
      call
      > "deformers" were even born. If you want to know something about adult
      > molestations of students in schools, check out Prof. Charol
      Shakeshaft's
      > study for US DOE, on US DOE's web site, published about 6 years ago.
      >
      > Dee Alpert
      >
      >
      >
      >
      > On 4/1/2011 1:57 AM, Noah E Gotbaum wrote:
      >
      >
      >
      >
      >
      > Read it again, Leonie. He wasn't just accused of sexual harassment;
      he was
      > found guilty of it - groping his payroll secretary. So the DOE sends
      her
      > packing and he stays on. Only to be under investigation 2 more times
      for
      > the same offense. Ask your question again: "Why is the DOE keeping
      this
      > guy on?"
      >
      >
      >
      > Perhaps it's because he's had the fine judgment only to grope and
      harass his
      > staff, but not his students - those he's just trying to suspend them
      for
      > exercising their most basic rights.
      >
      >
      >
      > And this is the guy whom the DOE and the other education "reformers"
      want
      > determining the fate and future of our teachers - all without their
      tenure
      > due process or seniority protections. Then again, why would teachers
      need
      > these protections when they can be evaluated by a fair-minded public
      servant
      > like this Principal?
      >
      >
      >
      > noah
      >
      >
      >
      >
      >
      > From: nyceducationnews@yahoogroups.com
      > [mailto:nyceducationnews@yahoogroups.com] On Behalf Of < /b>Leonie
      Haimson
      > Sent: Thursday, March 31, 2011 11:24 PM
      > To: nyceducationnews@yahoogroups.com
      > Subject: [nyceducationnews] student protest vs. another abusive
      Leadership
      > Academy principal
      >
      >
      >
      >
      >
      > Principal Bost has been accused of sexual harassment numerous times,
      as
      > cited in this DN article last year; and yet DOE kept him on for
      unknown
      > reasons.
      >
      >
      http://www.nydailynews.com/ny_local/education/2010/06/24/2010-06-24_bx_p\
      rinc

      > ipal_probed__again__in _sex_harass_charges_from_staffers.html
      >
      <http://www.nydailynews.com/ny_local/education/2010/06/24/2010-06-24_bx_\
      prin

      > cipal_probed__again__in_sex_harass_charges_from_staffers.html>
      >
      > More on this see:
      >
      http://jd2718.wordpress.com/2010/09/13/protest-at-fordham-leadership-aca\
      demy

      > /
      >
      > Recently students were suspended for handing around DN article after
      two
      > teachers were allegedly brought up for charges of "incompetence" by
      same
      > principal, but acc. to students, actually for "knowing too much" about
      > principal's ongoing abuses.
      >
      > Bost (of course) another LA grad. Students then organized a walkout.
      See
      > video below
      >
      > http://www.news12.com/articleDetail.jsp?articleId=277616
      >
      <http://www.news12.com/articleDetail.jsp?articleId=277616&position=1&new\
      s%0d

      > %0a%20_type=news> &position=1&news_type=news

      >
      >
      >
      >
      >
      > Roosevelt H.S. students stage walkout
      >
      > (03/29/11) THE BRONX - About two dozen Roosevelt High School students
      staged
      > a walkout today that is now raising questions about why two popular
      staff
      > members were let go.
      >
      > Benjamin Rodriguez says he led the protest after being suspended for
      > distributing copies of a news article that discussed a sexual
      harassment
      > case against Principal Richard Bost.
      >
      > Students say they believe the faculty members were let go for knowing
      too
      > much information about the principal. However, the Department of
      Education
      > (DOE) says that teacher Mike Mullen and counselor Diane Ghallagher are
      > facing termination hearings for incompetence.
      >
      > The DOE also confirmed that Bost is a probationary principal and that
      his
      > probation was extended three years after a sexual harassment
      allegation was
      > substantiated.
      >


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