Thursday, June 23, 2016
Where Is Minerva Zanca Working Now? You Won't Believe It.
Ex Principal Minerva Zanca, who was removed from the troubled and struggling Pan American International High School was charged by the U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara with a civil rights lawsuit of racial discrimination. The lawsuit claims "systematic harassing and demeaning of black teachers" at her school. The lawsuit also accused Superintendent Juan Mendez of protecting Ms. Zanca's actions and retaliating against an Assistant principal who refused to go after the teachers. Eventually, Minerva Zanca was removed, due to the school's poor academic performance and disappeared in the DOE. However, it is now known that Ms. Zanca was placed as a guidance counselor at a majority black school (83% black) in Brooklyn, the Fredrick Douglas Academy IV Secondary School.
Believe it or not, a Principal who was accused of racial discrimination against black teachers was quietly sent to a majority black school to work with black students. Only in the DOE would this be acceptable and reasonable. What were they thinking of at Tweed? To read about other posts about Minerva Zanca read them Here and Here.
Unfortunately, this is not an isolated case. Remember, the Robert Wagner Principal, Annie Schmutz Seifullah, who was charged with sexual liaisons at the school? She was quietly sent to Automotive high school to teach a mostly male population until some of her students blew the whistle who then fled the classroom and back into DOE Central. Then there was the infamous James Brown who was convicted by a jury of his peers to sexual harassment and other charges against a female subordinate that cost the Long Island school district over one million dollars and ended up .as Principal of Flushing High School shortly after Chancellor Dennis Walcott claimed "zero tolerance" for sexual misconduct allegations against teachers. After a year as Principal, he was removed and disappeared into DOE Central as well. Finally, let's not forget some of the Principals who are still running their schools despite numerous allegations against them Here. Here, and Here.
The bottom line is that there is a "double standard" when disciplining teachers and principals and under the DOE, its simply business as usual.