Monday, February 23, 2015
Just Another Case Of The DOE Double Standard When Disciplining Principals.
The New York Post published an article about how Staten Island Principal Linda Hill. Yes, that Linda Hill who has a very close relationship with Chancellor Carmen Farina. Apparently, she was found to have "double dipped". Ms. Hill was accused of falsely obtaining per session money for one position while, at the same time, receiving money for another job after school that she was in charge of. Teacher and Chapter Leader, Francesco Portelos blew the whistle on her and forced the reluctant DOE to start an investigation on the "double dipping". To retaliate, Principal Hill had Mr. Portelos sent to the "rubber room" for two years until his case was resolved. Mr. Portelos has filed a federal lawsuit against Linda Hill and the DOE for retaliation and it was in this lawsuit that Principal Hill admitted to the "double dipping" and was waiting for the DOE to determine the discipline, if any.
What happened to the DOE investigation of Principal Hill you ask? Well, it was apparently completed in 2013 and surprise, surprise, the DOE refuses to release the report. More importantly, Principal Hill has not had to pay the money back or was subject to any discipline, despite her admitting to "double dipping". If a teacher did what Principal Hill did, the teacher would be charged with "theft of service" and the DOE would file 3020-a charges against the teacher. Instead, in showing her support of Linda Hill, Chancellor Carmen Farina visited the school as the first school in Staten Island she visited as Chancellor.
For more information on Principal Linda Hill please read my post on her Here Also read educator fights back blog for even more information on the alleged misdeeds of Principal Hill. This is yet another case of the DOE "double standard" when disciplining (lack of) administrators which started under the Bloomberg administration and continues under Bill de Blasio. I guess its good to have had the Chancellor as your mentor.
update: According to the educator fights back blog, the DOE fined Linda Hill $801 in restitution. According to the blog she made over $56,000 in questionable overtime and her pension will reflect it.