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Wednesday, June 01, 2011
" Untrustworthy Principal" Andrew Buck Keeps On Acting Badly And The Unaccountable DOE Doesn't Seem To Care
Occasionally, the news media cannot ignore wrongdoings by principals and the latest "bad Principal"is the grammatically-challenged Andrew Buck of Middle School Art & Philosophy in Brooklyn who tried to pressure parents and teachers to wrote supportive letters to the DOE to lobby for tenure. Today, the Daily News editorial wanted to know why he is still Principal? In fact, Principal Andrew Buck first came to the newspaper's attention when it reported that the UFT survey found him to be the most "untrustworthy Principal" in Brooklyn back in 2008. Despite, seven of his eight teachers leaving the school because of his failed leadership, the DOE kept him on. Andrew Buck is another member of the infamous "Principal Leadership Academy" and the Daily News has questioned both his academic credentials and how he landed up as a Principal here. Yet despite the many questions about Andrew Buck, the DOE did nothing.
Things for Principal Buck got progressively worse as he was "C rated" and his school suffered from mass defections, and low morale. During the 2009-10 school year sexual assaults against female teachers and violent acts by students were being reported as the Principal's school safety plan was in tatters and the teachers felt they were under siege. The DOE responded by extending his tenure period rather than firing him. Unbelievable!
Then came the most egregious of actions by the "untrustworthy Principal". He refused to order and give textbooks to the students and when parents complained, Andrew Buck wrote his infamous grammatically wrong and misspelled e-mail. In the email he said there was nothing wrong with students learning without textbooks and that they can use Wikipedia. Incredibly, he defended his email and took no responsibility to it's content. Despite another Daily News Editorial asking for his removal, the DOE did nothing.
Now we find that Principal Andrew Buck is pressuring parents and teachers to support his tenure and the DOE has called in the Special Commissioner of Investigations to dig into the mess. The Daily News reported that the Principal did not follow protocol and violated the DOE rule on pressuring staff on the school evaluations. Even the 2010-2011 Quality Review rating of "Developing" must be taken with a grain of salt.
Accountability by the DOE appears to be lacking as an "untrustworthy Principal" is allowed to continue his incompetent and dangerous leadership at the expense of the parents, students, and teachers. It truly is "children last" when it comes to Principal Andrew Buck.