Sunday, December 13, 2015
What Happened To Chancellor Carmen Farina's Promise That Principals Needed Seven Years Of School Experience?
Last year one of the very few positive changes the disappointing Chancellor, Carmen Farina, made was that graduates from the infamous "Leadership Academy" would have a minimum of seven years school pedagogical experience before even being considered to be a Principal. However, it appears that the Chancellor's directive is ether not being enforced or ignored by the DOE. In today's New York Post we find an article about a newly minted Principal, Eujin Jaela Kim, age 33, who apparently has entered the New York City schools in the 2008-9 school year. How did she circumvent the Chancellor's directive? Well if you look at her Linked In page you see she was the Deputy Network Leader in 2011 and Director at DOE Central in 2012, before being handed the Principal's job at PS 169 (the Sunset Park School) in May of 2014. The answer to me is obvious.
According to my Math, no I don't need Common Core to figure out her actual teaching experience, she worked as a teacher for a total of 3 years and three months when she took the Deputy Network Leader position in December 2011 an administrative position. Obviously, the Bloomberg holdovers at the DOE have ignored the Chancellor's C-30 directive and allowed Eujin Jaela Kim to become Principal at the tender age of 32 years of age with less than four years of school experience either as a teacher or supervisor. Obviously, she never was a school Assistant Principal, the logical step to become a Principal. Was she even tenured?
With Ms. Kim's lack of actual teaching experience, she has made some very poor decisions as Principal like banning Thanksgiving, Christmas, and the pledge of allegiance at her school and has brought national ridicule to her school and herself as well with her personal political correctness. You can read about it in the New York Post article Here. Is it any wonder that only 32% of the teachers trust Ms. Kim as Principal? By the way the City average is 83%.
My question to Chancellor Carmen Farina is what good are your directives when your Bloomberg holdovers at the DOE ignores them and places a person who obviously needs more seasoning to be a Principal and does not have the support of 2 out of every 3 teachers at her school? How can you allow these actions and that opens the school to the deserved ridicule it's now receiving? Is this what you call a good leader and a role model for the students? No wonder most of us believe you have been a bitter disappointment as Chancellor and your failure to clean house at Tweed is making you.look incompetent and indecisive.