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Sunday, January 29, 2017
The School Of No Plays Hide And Seek.
Back in 2014, when Carmen Farina became Chancellor, one of her first major headaches was PS 106 in Far Rockaway Queens, the Lighthouse school. Despite documented issues like a Principal showing up late most every day, no library services or books,no Gym or Art classes, and high teacher turnover. The new Chancellor was reluctant to remove the Principal. However, after a continuous media onslaught, teacher complaints, and poor student academic results, the Chancellor removed the Principal, Marcella Sills, who was eventually fired in her 3020-a hearing by an Independent State arbitrator, David Reilly. You can read the stories about her wrongdoings Here. Here. and Here.
Fast forward to the present and PS 106 is back in the news again. This time for hiding between six to eight students who have chronic misbehavior issues and hiding them in an office trailer during their two Quality Review visits by the District Superintendent. Not once, but twice. You can find the New York Post article Here.
PS 106 is listed as a "priority school" by NYSED due to their abysmally low English and Math scores, 50% below the District 27 average. Moreover, teachers and parents complain that the Principal, Rachelle Legions, rarely disciplines bad behavior and bullying is a major problem at the school. The majority of teachers are untenured and only 59% of the teachers trust the Principal. You can find the school's snapshot Here.
What will happen to Principal Rachelle Legions now that she was caught "gaming the system"? I suspect nothing, nothing at all. This is just another example of the DOE looking the other way in their "children last" policy.