Sunday, January 14, 2018
The DOE's Double Standard Continues - The Case Of Principal Emmanuel Polanco of JHS 80.
Susan Edelman of the New York Post penned a scathing article about how Principal Emmanuel Polanco has bullied the students and staff and that under his administration one teacher was quoted as saying. “It’s not about the kids,” she said. “It’s about administrators who lie, cover-up the violence, and don’t provide proper supervision.”.
This is the same Emmanuel Polanco, who had limited classroom experience but was promoted to principal through the Leadership Academy program who made a racy video, ending with him in bed with a women. What kind of role model is he? As expected, the DOE buried the investigation and quietly allowed Mr. Polanco to continue to run his school. Please read my previous post for the link to the video and Mr. Polanco's alleged misdeeds.
Now it seems that Mr. Polanco is being accused of bullying students and staff. This explains why the majority of teachers are untenured, strongly suggesting that the school suffers from high teacher turnover. Moreover, Mr. Polanco has allegedly shoved a student against a stairway wall and jabbed his fingers into the student's chest. He and or his administration also authorized that the student be handcuffed, behind his back, by school safety when he questioned a procedure during a fire drill. Mr. Polamco was also accused by others as well.
From what I have read and heard Mr. Polanco has apparently violated Chancellor's regulations A-420, corporal punishment and A-421 verbal abuse. Yet, Mr. Polanco remains Principal at the school. If Mr. Polanco was a teacher he would have been removed from the school and sent to a reassignment center waiting for his 3020-a charges. However, Mr. Polanco is a Principal and the DOE presumes him innocent as they continue with their investigation which has probably been predetermined to find him innocent or if substantiated, will be once again buried as he remains Principal. In other words, the DOE's "double standard" when disciplining teachers and administrators continues.
How bad is JHS 80 in the Bronx? They have dismally poor test scores in English and Math and just read the letters to the New York Post that a teacher encouraged her seventh grades to write. The letters contain numerous misspelled words, poor grammar, and vulgarity. You can read them Here.
Update: The City Council is now investigating the Principal and the school and wants to know why the DOE closed the investigation of Mr. Polanco's actions.