Sunday, January 07, 2018
Leadership Academy Principal Emmanuel Polanco Is In The News Again.
The Leadership Academy Principal of JHS 80 in the Bronx, Emmanual Polanco, also known as "El Siki" in his racy video is in the news again. This time staff members have contacted the UFT, DOE, and even the FBI to investigate his wrongdoings at the school. Before I go into the New York Post article, Principal Polanco was previously highlighted by the New York Daily News and my post. You can find both Here. You can see his racy YouTube video Here. Moreover, he was accused of trying to push out a veteran teacher by calling her "Shrek" and refused to provide training. Finally, he was also accused of discrimination by favoring and hiring younger Hispanic teachers.
In today's New York Post there is an article that shows the various problems at JHS 80, many of them attributed to the Principal, Ennanuel Polanco. Let's identify the issues at the school.
Violence and fighting are rampant; unqualified cronies — including a paraprofessional who has acted as a dean — serve in key positions; disruptive students face few consequences.
Covering up assaults:
In one outrageous case The DOE says it is investigating a November incident in which two eighth-grade boys allegedly lifted a sixth-grader by his arms and legs, and dropped him on his head, causing him to pass out and convulse.
A staff member told the FBI and the DOE that administrators delayed calling an ambulance, then forced the eighth-graders and a teacher who witnessed the cruelty to give statements calling it an accident. “They lied to the parents,” the distraught staffer told an FBI hotline. “Someone’s child is going to die if nothing is done.” Kids have cut themselves and others — during class, the source said.
Discrimination and Favoritism:
The Principal is known to discriminate against veteran and outspoken teachers and to favor young Hispanic teachers, giving a young Hispanic Paraprofessional a Dean's position when it requires that the position to be a teacher. he majority of teachers at the school are untenured and teacher turnover appears to be high, am indicator of an unstable school environment.
Why does the school struggle academically? Just look at the Principal since the buck stops with him. WCBS-TV did a story on the school and you can find it Here.