Monday, May 14, 2018
Wiil Chancellor Carranza Remove More Terrible Principals?
One of the first constructive actions the new Chancellor, Richard Carranza has tackled head on was the removal of John Bowne's horn-dog Principal Howard Kwait who's had numerous accusations of sexual misconduct and harassment lodged against him. According to the New York Post. Howard Kwait has cost the DOE $830,000 due to his inappropriate behavior told female subordinates. This does not include the $4,500 he personally paid to the City's conflict of of interest board when he acceptable a paid vacation with a female subordinate.
Howard Kwait is not the only Principal that the new Chancellor should remove, let's look at another High School Principal Chancellor Carranza should remove in Queens.
The Principal is Namita Dawarka from William Cullen Bryant High School. She has removed almost the entire veteran staff she inherited in 2012 by harassment, 3020-a charges, or forced retirement. Moreover, she has been accursed of grade fixing and changing and manipulating classes so some students received double credits for the same course. Finally, she was accused of teat manipulation. You can read her actions. Here, Here, Here, and Here. In addition, Principal Dwarka allegedly hid a sexual relationship between her handpicked Assistant Principal of Math and a student. Despite the allegations when the AP of Math was shockingly released from reassignment she was reinstated as the AP of Math by Ms. Dawaka.
Beyond Ms. Dawarka, you can find a list of the worst Principals in Queens in a previous post. Here. Then there is the biggest problem of them all. The Superintendent, Juan Mendez, who either selected them, despite opposition (Judy Henry) or protected them (Juan Cruz), despite their alleged misconduct. You can read it Here. Finally, the New York Daily News listed a rouges gallery of DOE administrators accused of multiple sexual issues and are still employed.
The bottom line, Chancellor Richard Carranza cannot stop at one. He must remove all those Principals that have low staff trust ratings and he must eliminate the "double standard" when it comes to disciplining administrators. Moreover, he must ensure fair and independent investigations from the investigative agencies like OEO, OSI, and SCI. Especially when a subordinate accuses an administrator that they were sexual harassed and was not taken seriously by the DOE.