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Sunday, September 14, 2014
Yet Another Flushing High School Principal Leaves The Troubled School.
The once prestigious Flushing high school has continued to academically deteriorate in the last few years and has become a dumping ground for "high needs" students throughout the borough. As a teacher there in 2011-12 I can personally attest to the problems at the school. The school was once slated to close but survived when the courts ruled against Mayor Bloomberg. Instead, like many of the schools that survived the axe, the Department of Education decided on a slow strangulation policy instead. Flushing high school now shares its building with two new small schools and have reduced freshman and sophomore classes. The result has been a major excessing of teachers in the last two years. Last year the average department excessed an astonishing four teachers from the school and over twenty teachers overall. During this time the school has had three diffwerent principals i n the last three years and a new Principal will take the helm this year making it four principals in four years.
The latest casualty is the infamous James Brown. No not the singer but the Principal who was hired to lead troubled Flushing high school by then Chancellor Dennis Walcott, despite being found guilty in court by a jury of his peers for harassing a female subordinate who also accused him of sexual misconduct . Yes, he was found guilty and left the Baldwin school system and was hired by the Walcott Administration to be Principal of Flushing high school despite the Chancellor's long stated zero tolerance policy on alleged sexual misconduct. You can read the entire James Brown story on my blog Here. Moreover, during his troubled year as Principal he tried to artificially raise passing grades by putting in a grading system that was in violation of State regulations only to be exposed and subject to ridicule, before being forced to abandon it.
It was only a little over two years ago when another questionable Principal was removed due to the police finding drugs in his car during a traffic stop. He now works at the DOE in another capacity. His story can be found Here. In between Mr Brown and Mr. Hudson the DOE hand-picked Principal alienated so many of her staff, that she fled the DOE entirely and know works in a school district upstate after only one year at the helm.
How can a school be successful when the very leaders the DOE selects for the school have serious character issues, lack extensive classroom experience, and are selected on who they know and not on their academic credentials. Until the DOE puts the very best in roles of leadership, no school will be able to show real academic improvement and Flushing high school is a prime example of the academic neglect by the DOE as they have failed to put a real educator, with high academic standards as a role model for staff and students alike.